After doing some unneeded retail therapy at Ulta and the mall, I saw this man (who appeared to be homeless) walking towards East Washington. I thought if I could spend as much as I did on things I necessarily didn’t need, I could give this …man some money. So I pulled over and asked if he wanted a few bucks. He told me that he didn’t like to beg, but any amount would be appreciated. As I grabbed some money out of my wallet, he began to tell me a little about his day and seconds later it began downpouring. I asked him if he had an umbrella which led to me offering him mine, as I quickly realized my dumb self left it at home. THE ONE DAY IT COULD OF CAME TO GREAT USE, I DIDN’T HAVE IT. So out of guilt, I asked if there was anything he needed. He began describing these huge bags (that one may use as a poncho) and how if it wasn’t much trouble that would be the ultimate gift. He explained to me the route he was hiking on to get downtown so that “if I didn’t forget about him” I could find him! So I sped off to Woodman’s and got him a few containers of the bags. It took me a good fifteen-ish minutes to find him again, but the look on his face kind of melted my heart and made me want to cry. As he shed a few tears, he told me a lot about himself (including how he was in the Air Force for six years and how he tragically lost everything) and how I restored his hope in my generation.
As our time together came to a close I lastly asked him if he were hungry. He kept stuttering as if there was something he wanted, but didn’t want to be “needy”. I told him out of all of the restaurants on East Wash, he could chose anything and of course (just like I would :p) he chose Red Robin! So I drove him over, paid for his meal in advance and then set up a taxi for him to ride downtown in!
If anyone even reads this, just remember no matter how hard your life may seem at any point, someone has it worse. I think I was so caught up in my own little world that I forgot that and this man named Lynnerd brought me back to reality. If you can help someone struggling always do so because you never know when you could be “that person” who might need some help.
OH LASTLY, I let him play around on my iPhone and he took a selfie and totally left me out of it! Hahaha, he was awesome! :D