During my two day fast I was leaving work and walking to the metro station to head home for the day. I was hungry, but I wasn't starving and I was functioning perfectly fine. As I walked down the street of downtown los angeles, I came across a woman sitting on the street corner with a sign,
'Need money for food, haven't eaten in days, thank you"
At first glance, the sign did nothing for me and I walked passed her. I continued to walk, but something pulled me back. I can't explain it, I just knew I had to do something. I walked to the nearest restaurant and asked for a menu. I took the menu and brought it to the lady. In today's society she would not be considered beautiful, and her eyes were no different. They lacked life, they had no hope, and they were filled with pain. She was older, skin scarred, wrinkled and lacked muscle. It was obvious that she was malnourished and needed a meal.
So I handed her the menu, "Go ahead, pick whatever you want from the menu, it's on me."
Her eyes widened, "Really? Anything?"
I watched her scan the menu and saw her eyes light up, I couldn't help but smile. She looked back at me and a smile filled her face, "I haven't had fish in a while."
I headed back inside and placed the order. When I came back outside to let her know it would be ready soon. Her eyes locked onto mine, at that moment I saw someone just like me. Someone fighting to survive, someone who has made mistakes, someone who is trying to make a wrong a right and someone who is just very hungry. For a second, it felt like time stopped and everything in the world would be okay. She looked into my eyes one last time, "Erik, thank you so much for caring, thank you so much." Happiness and gratitude filled my chest, "You are very welcome, it will be out shortly, but I have to go to my other job, I hope you enjoy." I left that street corner with the biggest smile on my face and I swear I was walking on clouds. My body felt lighter and I felt fulfilled. And here is the best part, I forgot my debit card at the restaurant, but luckily the hostess chased me down to give it back to me. If this story doesn't give you hope in humankind then I don't know what will.
All I know is we live in a world that surrounds us with comfort, and it is very easy to become upset when something small goes wrong and ruins our day, I am just as guilty as you are. But most of the time, it is something very small and will have no detrimental effect. But we must realize at any moment our life could become much worse. We could lose a loved one, our job or our way of life. So we must be grateful for what we have right now. It may not be much, but if you are reading this then you have more than most.
Regardless of what you have or what you don't have, who wants to live a life of envy and anger?
And yes, it could be much better, you could be in better shape, have more money and be loved by everyone. But if you aren't happy with who you are, the real you, then nothing in this world will solve it. Slow down, stop doing so much and just breathe. Write down your thoughts and be honest with yourself and others. Let the world know who you are because it will make others do the same.
Have we become so corrupted by our ego that we have forgotten our place in this world. We are not alone, we are all in this together and all of us are trying to answer the same question..
What the fuck are we doing here?
Each and everyone of us needs help from each other, from the rich to the poor, we are all the same race. We are sapiens, we are human beings, the smartest organism on this planet and we have the power to change it for better. We can build a world we never imagined, where everyone has food to eat, a bed to sleep in, and someone to love. I beg of you to let go of your ego, let down your guard and talk to a stranger, smile at someone and just be generous with your time.
I know, we live busy lives and no one has the time for anyone but themselves or their family. And who am I to write this, I am just a single 24 year old who knows nothing. But I have seen the good in people and I know we are all capable of it. If you live in any major city then you know about the homeless epidemic. I am not asking you to give them much except for your time. Introduce yourself and ask them for their name, make them feel human again. And if you can spare a meal, go out of your way and buy them one. Trust me, the feeling you will get from helping your fellow sapien will be worth every penny spent.