Online Journal (Entry #006)

Today seems like a great time to change the mood here on my blog. I noticed the last couple of Online Journal entries have been very serious and dark in nature. But to be fair, I love to discuss topics that are happening in the real world. Sometimes in 1st world countries, we can be so far-removed from reality to the so-called “outside world”. Anyways, today I’ve chosen to discuss how a small act of kindness changed my life forever.

Hi everyone, it’s me R.S. Noel, coming to you with another post!

It was about 5 years ago, when I was almost 19 years old, when I had received my driver’s license. It may seem like any other mundane task or chore. But for me, it was something more than just that. It was a small moment which changed the way I viewed my own life in the grand scheme of things.

I remember I had just passed the written portion of the driver’s test two weeks previous. It had been a nice breezy day when I had initially went to take my 2nd attempt to pass the driving portion of my DMV test. I was a bit nervous, because the first time I had tried to pass the driving portion of the DMV test, I had almost hit a lady crossing the street. To be fair, she crossed the street, AFTER the light had turned red. I don’t know about you, but you kind of assume someone would wait for the next light instead of just bolting right across the street. The most frustrating part was that I was just about to make the turn right into the street where the end of the test was.

But that’s beside the point.

I remember taking the driving test that morning, and surprisingly, nothing too out of the ordinary happened. Of course, no driving test is perfect, but it was pretty damn good!

As I finished, and my driving tester told me I passed, I remember thinking how excited I was to start driving. To have a little bit more freedom to move around as I saw fit (of course, while also following the common street laws).

So as I made my way towards the front desk area to finalize my test results, I remember I had to wait in a long, long, long line (it was about an hour-and-a-half long wait). But as I finally reached one of the windows with a lady ready to help me, I still remember the look in her eye as she looked up at me partially, almost as if I were just a passing thought. But as we started to finalize my papers, I still remember the last thing she told me.

She looked straight up at me now, and told me that as long as I believed in myself, she knew I would make some kind of real difference in the world.

Even to this day, I honestly have no idea what prompted this nice lady to tell me this. She had undoubtedly seen countless other people that day, and I’m sure she hated her job to some degree; so for her to share a really genuine and honest moment with me, I felt incredibly humbled by such a gesture.

There are days when I think back to what she told me that day, and I just feel inspired once again. A feeling of unyielding strength just comes over me. Even when life seems boring or uneventful, I always remember to make life exciting in some small way. No matter how you look at it, our lives can never be completely mastered in society. We must remember that we are all a part of a much larger thing then us. We are a part of society, and we must remember that we need to help one another. No matter what your political viewpoints are, we are all in the same metaphorical boat. So don’t feel disenchanted with life when you find yourself in a slump. Realize that you are important to society, and you can help whether you volunteer at a homeless shelter, or whether you have friends and family members who need you.

There are things that don’t really make since in our society, and sometimes it just makes me laugh. Because at the end of the day, that’s all we can do when we find ourselves bewildered or amused by life’s many quarrels and/or strange oddities.

Anyways, I think it’s time I end this post before things get too dark in tone. Just remember that we’re all a family in some way, whether you like it or not. Make the best of your ever-shifting situation, and don’t lose faith in what you’re capable of. After everything in your life is said and done, you’ll be left with a plethora of thoughts and memories from everything you did in your life. Make the best of it!

Forever in Your Debt,

R.S. Noel

 

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