Food for Thought

Today, as I was driving my mom home from the hospital (two days post-op from a hip replacement), I was making sure I was driving slow and carefully to avoid bumps in the road to make her as comfortable as possible. I guess I was at a stop sign too long because the person behind us laid on the horn. I immediately thought, I wonder if she would have had the same reaction knowing I had my mom in the car with me as I was trying my best to keep her comfortable. It is really upsetting to me, clearly, because I am still allowing it to upset me. After getting my mom settled in at home, I headed out the door to go grab us dinner when a friend of mine FaceTimed me. He was at a bar he regularly goes to and a waiter he knows came up to him to say hi. He introduced me to the waiter and after I said hi to him (my phone was in my lap)  he said, “Tell her her double chin looks good.” I have never even met this person in my life and that is how he greeted me. You do not know me. You do not know my insecurities, especially being a woman. Why do people think acting this way is ok? Do they not care? Do I care too much? Is he that insecure about himself that he feels the need to say these things? Moral of the story, you do not know people’s struggles and internal wars they are facing. Please, please be kind to strangers and loved ones alike. I take pride in the way I treat strangers, saying please and thank you and I genuinely feel good knowing I can make someone’s day a little brighter. I get so upset when I come in contact with rude people because I know they need love and kindness the most. There’s a quote that really resonates with me, “Should you ever find yourself the victim of other people’s bitterness, lies, and insecurities don’t be mad. Remember things could be worse: you could be them.”