This morning I had breakfast with one of the front desk receptionist at the hotel I’m staying at. He drew the picture you see above. I’m generally able to meet new people wherever I go but stealing an employee from work was a first. Enjoyable, but a first. But after three hours of conversation, it was time to get back to my writing. And one of the first things I wanted to do was write this post.
I don’t meet to0 many people who feel the same way I do about traveling the world. Or about refusing to settle for anything less than what they want. It was refreshing, to say the least. And I just can’t help but think that when life gives you nothing, it still gives you something. Today it gave me a new friend. Which I’m extremely grateful for in 2018. The more the merrier.
Later in the day, I met a woman at Arby’s who appeared to be transgendered. She looked extremely uncomfortable at work. I have a friend who is transgender and I wouldn’t trade him for anything in the world. From my experience with him, his work life was difficult because he feared how people would react to him. That’s what I saw in this young lady, fear.
She seemed fearful of what I might say or how I might react to her. She didn’t know that I don’t care. Because you never know what someone else is thinking or how they’re going to react to certain situations. So I greeted her with a smile and placed my order. She looked down almost the entire time until she asked me for my name for my order. She said, “that’s a really pretty name.” I didn’t see a name tag on her uniform or I would have returned the gesture. So I just smiled and said thank you.
I could see the relief in her face from my kindness. And I just thought, what if everyone could just be kind to one another. The world would be a better place. That’s the one thing we’re missing – kindness. We shouldn’t live in a world where we make people feel like they can’t be themselves. Not only is it selfish, it’s ignorant.