Who's 1 stranger that you still remember? (Strangers Answer)Jun 09, 2021
This girl I met on the plane I was flying and I couldn't see the sky and the sunset that was happening but I felt the heat so I was just wondering what it was like so I described her as her. I
rememberit because I appreciate the sight of it because of it. I was once working part-time as an Uber driver and I picked up this man who was from Vietnam. Somehow it's been a long time, but I
rememberhim telling me how many people died. The Vietnamese died in the Vietnam War and how he, because of what had happened, had to go to training and right when the training was over it was like this second they stopped the war so he didn't have to go and the whole time he was hit this story he was telling me on the way to where I was taking him to his destination and he said: you know, sometimes people are very lucky.
I was a very lucky man and he said that sometimes I wasn't so lucky and I was leaving him at the Cancer Center and I don't know why, but I was very touched that he shared it with me and I will always remember him and he was a very lovely man and always I will remember it to this day. I just wish that I had stayed with him because I don't think anyone was there with him before his cancer treatment, that's what I wish to this day. I was in Pompeii and this older Italian couple was there right when some tourists were looking at the ruins of Pompeii and they saw that we were Americans and they came up to me out of nowhere and said, are you American? and I said yes and they hugged me and said thank you to your grandparents, you saved our lives, who always loved Americans, Rory. for us after World War II and as a young American and I never realized the embrace of those older people that I didn't even know just because we were Americans.
I remember seeing this homeless man and his two daughters in this alcove in Chicago. one night I will always remember him wishing he could do something else wishing he had done something he was working at a grocery store like going somewhere to put something away this guy says you don't look like you belong here You look like you should be in a bigger city doing something important. So are you in a big city now? Yes, what are you doing? I'm a jewelry designer, so we say he was right and he was fine, it occurred to you, yeah, and I never thought. about that and you'll probably be the third
strangerI remember like ten years later so it was in the silence of the islands of Phuket so I met this girl who came from South Africa and I don't know she must have been like 14 and that's how we met . in the pool and we played like ping pong and everything and at that time I didn't speak a word of English or like with the Singapore accent because I lived there and she kept helping me to have a better accent and particularly particularly for three that language thing that we in french in french we don't do and then I remember she kept telling me say three three three you have this in mind and while we were on the boat you have the boat motor that makes a lot of sounds and she was training me because she knew that no one around could hear me and I was like three three three.
I remember this girl who was also pretty and very nice and thanks to her I learned the language to speak English, that's the story. She was doing Peace Corps in Guatemala and for some reason I was very late getting to the bus that would take me to my small town, so I knew better than to walk alone at night. but I had no choice, so I was just walking to the bus station, which is kind of gloomy, and this man comes up to me and says stay with me right now, you have to walk, turn right, take a certain and I was like what's going on and he said you're in danger right now and then he kept walking and walked out of there and there was I guess supposedly a group of guys or a gang that was there that were watching me come in and then I went to his house, he took me there and gave me dinner with his kids and he ended up taking me to my house, so it was a pretty incredible experience, so what made you trust him?
I didn't know that there was something about his motive that seemed altruistic, that he really cared, I had no idea that he was just instinctive and very fast, but it really wasn't that long ago, in fact, it was on Friday that I went ice skating in me and as I was leaving the ice skating rink I heard a little voice saying hello and I looked down and it was a little girl with Down syndrome and a full figure skating outfit with her little figure skating skates on and she was waving at me and It was She was super super cute, so what catches your attention?
Do you think I have an uncle with Down syndrome who is one of my favorite people in the world? Yes, when I saw her, maybe I was very happy, so I was in a grocery store at home and I was looking at coffee creamer and the showmen came up to me and told me that my eyes looked beautiful and that I was very pretty and he made me feel really good about myself and so yeah why do you think that means a lot to you because I have very low self esteem and I'm very self conscious about everything about myself so he made me feel really good about myself and the fact that it was from a
strangerand not from any friend. or family or anything, I think that's what really made him feel so special and well, it was really genuine and it's not like he wasn't telling me just because it's something he wanted to hear.
I was in a car accident and spun around. like six times and I ended up hitting the trees and then he just added up everyone that passed by me, he was the one who came to get me out of the trees, drug me and said, "hey, are you okay?" I said: yes, what happened? He said, well, you just hit the trees and then he told me that he was a retired paramedic, so he helped me a lot, but everyone who walked by, no one really stopped to help me and then this random guy saw. I'm seeing myself crashing in a row he stopped to help me I was a good guy Ricardo one and Sienna Colombia moved and they allowed him to drink and it was in her that he told me something like: it's Pelle Rojo and the hairs Belarusian person asked a dancer from MFA is co l Brussels if you wait for the - Earth Day is a point you're like what I was a cashier at Home Depot and I'm non-binary I'm trans feminine I have a really complicated relationship with gender That's a great source of I guess even I could say emotional torment for me and the trans growth payments on my line that completely embodied everything I wanted to be and struck a chord with me and as our transaction continued and I called her and her card kept dwindling and dwindling and dwindling it was As if I can help this person I will.
I hate that cost. I just inserted my card, so it was like here you go. I thought that would be it. We left and continued with our The day she returns completely surprised with a $20 bill in her hand, she hands it to me, gives me a giant hug and tells me that she is very grateful for what I did and that I can be like her one day and that everything It will get better and I really never forgot it. If you're out there and see this, thank you
stillmeans a lot. Can you try to describe to us what she said?
For you I felt less alone. I felt like I wasn't a weirdo. or that I wasn't weird or outlandish for feeling that way and it made me feel like other people experienced the same thing and while I know other people's spiritual experience, I'm not the only damn non-binary kid in the world who I
stillfeel it sometimes and know that there are people with the same goodness in their hearts that you like to keep in yours. It's a really comforting feeling. One stranger that stood out to me was actually this couple who were probably in their late 50's I remember walking to school every morning almost every morning and even on the mornings when I walked to school I would pass by it because They always walked past me and just walked side by side whether it was raining or the weather was even.
If it was absolutely excuse my language they would always be together always talking every morning it was when I was in high school three four years ago and I still wonder if they are still walking down that road, they are still talking Thirty days ago it's a plane, this man He offered me a hundred dollars to change seats. I didn't so the most memorable reason has to be why you think it's livable because no one offers me money to do things but it's not that I want that but like I don't want any strings attached I'll be weird like I feel obligated to have a conversation with him.
I just didn't have and so, yeah, I was twenty years old. I woke up, someone came out from under me. my bed with a knife and a handkerchief and he told me that they were going to kill me and the only thing I knew how to do was say Hail Marys and he kept getting angry with me saying what are you saying what are you saying and I kept saying Hail Mary full of grace and The next thing I know I'm getting out of that bed with my fist and he's up against the wall and running out of my house so to this day I'm glad I didn't do this to you today when someone wakes me up watch out oh , I never realized it, we moved and I haven't had a negative incident with a stranger since I was me too, but what really stuck with me was the power of prayer, that's the end of the story, what I remember was in the third year. high school I was in Boston at Logan Airport and I was spending a lot of time with my parents, so I decided to walk.
There was a really long hallway with a bunch of moving walkways and there was this lady with her son with like seven suitcases like running back and forth and I wasn't doing anything so I was like running down the moving walkway and I asked her if she needed help and She didn't speak English very well but I was like carrying her suitcases and then I tried to make a conversation and she was like she, her family, oh I'm sorry, her mother had just passed away so she was coming to visit me, so I thought It resonated with me because you never really know what everyone is.
Keep going until you want to start the conversation, so I did my college essay on that and now I'm in college so it worked out well, it's kind of crazy because there's a very specific emotion that you might be surrounded by on your first day. At university you're surrounded by so many people at the same stage of life as you, but it's so easy to feel alone that you definitely feel a kind of hope when you realize that everyone has so many different stories if you don't make it Listen, we're starting the first conversation, so I love talking to
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