My Heart Feels Full

by AJ Mihrzad on

I’m in Starbucks waiting on line and I see 4 thugged out teens shooting spit balls and laughing up a storm. Upon closer inspection I notice that they’re aiming a kid in front of the line. As I focus my vision I see that the kids hair is filled with with wads of paper. I look around like WTF, does anyone else notice this?? My body tensed and I felt a rush of anger come over me. I then leaped at the pack of teenagers. I grab two of them by their collars and say “WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING?”

They were caught by surprise, and fumbled the straws and napkins on to the floor. I told them to leave the kid alone. And told them to get the fuck out of here. They stuttered out an apology and left with their tails between their legs. Now I’m not the violent type, but when I see harm towards innocent people it really gets me heated!

I put my hand on the back of boys shoulder and as he turns his face towards me I see that he’s blind. I then notice a walking stick held firmly close to his chest. It seemed that he was fully aware of what was going on behind him, but acted passive as to avoid confrontation. I thought to myself, what type of scumbag bullies a blind kid.

He then reached out and touched my hand that was resting on his shoulder. In a gentle way he said thank you. I couldn’t look into his eyes but I knew he appreciated my gesture. I then picked off the spitballs out of his hair. My heart went out to him and I paid for his sandwich and frappuccino. We then got into a conversation and sat down together. I consoled him and did my best to boost his confidence. I told him what I do and it turns out he was looking for a trainer.

Being curious, I asked him how it felt being blind all of his life, amazingly he was open and made me realize that it wasn’t as difficult as I’d imagined. It’s kind of like asking us how it feels to not have a sixth sense. I’ve never had a blind client before, but I took it as an opportunity to mentor this young man and bring out the best in him.
After I left, I realized that we don’t meet people by accident. That whole experience was meant to happen and I’m glad I was able to help. It’s a shame to know situations like this occur and people just look the other way.
I’ll take it as my good deed for the day.

My heart feels full.

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