Sometimes you meet the most benevolent of individuals.
When I was in high school, I traversed predominantly by Hawaii’s cardinal public transportation service (aka the bus). A teen ready to explore the world, I enjoyed the freedom to travel as I pleased, and I found solace in not yet having to understand the intricacies of driving.
Back when the bus cost a mere 100 pennies, I was always keen to remember to either have significant pocket change or a few dollars handy for the fare. Unfortunately, one Saturday I forgot to restock those funds and merely had a $20 bill in my wallet.
After utilizing my transfer pass and arriving at the bus stop, I was remiss to find that I didn’t have a suitable way to pay for my final bus fare to get home. $20 was a significant amount of money for me at the time, and I was saddened to find that there were no bus driver that could offer change. In addition, I found no shame in asking others at the bus stop to see if others could help my situation. Buses passed by, and I was a young kid asking everyone if they had change for $20.
Eventually giving up and ready to hand over $20 to the bus driver for a single ride, I asked one more individual. Although this man did not have change, he held a dollar out to me to catch the next bus while rushing to his next destination. His only words were a hurried, “You know what? Here you go kid; get home safe.”
Where many had shooed me away, this one man showed incredible consideration and selflessness. It was only a dollar to him, but it meant the world to me that day.
Never forget the kindness of strangers!