1: the science of human beings; especially : the study of human beings and their ancestors through time and space and in relation to physical character, environmental and social relations, and culture
I have always been fascinated by humans. Everything about us as a species just blows my mind. The relationships that we build with other humans, the trust we put into others and ourselves as individuals… it’s all astounding.
Last night as I walked into Starbucks, I saw an elderly man stand up and begin to gather his things. Thinking nothing of it, I purchased my beverage and left the store. On my way out, the same older man was bundled in an impossible amount of clothing, waddling to the door. We made an awkward exchange as I fumbled to hold the door properly and then, we went on our separate ways. A few minutes later as I crossed the street, still affected by that man for whatever reason, I saw him again! We had walked down opposites sides of the street and were now faced at the same corner. It was then that I noticed he was struggling with his cart (packed to the brim with folded plastic bags and his worldly belongings – he was neater and more orderly than most similar men I’ve encountered). Out of nowhere, a man about my age ran from a good 10 yards away to help him lift the cart out of the street and on to the sidewalk. They went on with their respective lives, surely to never see each other, or me, again.
This story may seem insignificant but the entire sequence of events made me smile. I guess I was in a relatively good mood and being thoughtful, thoughtful in the sense that I was actually thinking. How intriguing that I had crossed paths with this man twice in one night and then witnessed a man exude such kindness towards him. Those moments make the world seem alright. They make everything seem brighter than the politics and the wars and the daily drama of life. I’m not sure why or what it was about that interaction but it gave me a sense of knowing. Knowing that even underneath the harsh exteriors and personal struggle, there is the capacity for love and compassion.
If you do nothing else today, at least take a moment to stop and observe what’s around you. I think you’ll be blown away with the small things that you ignore on a daily basis. Humans are crazy beings and it’s time we start trying to understand each other a little bit better.
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