I had my faith in humanity restored last night.
That may sound a bit dramatic, and I suppose it is. But when someone you don’t know stops on a cold night and asks if you need a ride, it makes an impression on you.
I was standing outside the grocery store. I had called for a cab, and I was waiting for it to show up. Just then, an SUV pulls up and stops with the window rolled down. It was a couple I had seen enter the store earlier. The woman asks if I need a ride. I explain about the cab, but they say it’s no trouble and soon we’re on the way to my house.
When we pull up out front, I offer them gas money – it may not have been a very long trip, but I still had taken them out of their way – but they refuse. Then, I was walking up to my house, they were driving off, and our paths may never cross again.
Why does this matter? In this day and age, when things like the Newtown, CT shootings happen, or when a man is pushed in front of a subway train because of his ethnicity, or when a girl commits suicide because police won’t prosecute her rapists, you can sometimes forget that there’s kindness and decency in the world. You hear about so many brutal, horrible, disgusting things on the news everyday that it’s easy to overlook the random acts of kindness. What I experienced may seem like a little thing compared to all the crap that’s out there, but little things add up. And if you let them, they can form the foundation of something bigger. Something better.
And WE NEED THAT. When there is so much out there that is set on tearing us down, we need to be good to one another, to be kind to one another, and make the world a little better. A little brighter.
Does that sound trite, twee, cliche? Yeah, it does. I admit it. But, you know what? It’s also true. However much you may mock that, or mock me, it. Is. True.
We all need to strive to be better, all of us. Yes, including me. Especially me. I’m sure not Mother Teresa.
And I guess that’s where I’m going with all my rambling. Especially given what day it is. I’m crap at keeping resolutions. And this was a really long way to go to talk about my resolutions for the new year. But this is my resolution: I am going to try to be nicer, to be kinder, to be a better person, and to pay it forward as much as I can. And “it” can be anything from the actions of my good Samaritans from last night to all the help various people have given me the past few years. And try to pay it back, too.
And since new years is a time of beginnings, and since I recently started this blog… I’m sure you can see where this is going. My other resolution is to update this blog at least once a week. After all, I’m sure you’re all just dying to read what I have to say;)
So, Happy New Year to you all. May 2013 bring you health and happiness.