My name is Taz. I work at a grocery shopping center. To be exact, the commissary at Ft. Meade Army Base. I was on break around 8:15 last night, and i was sitting outside as it snowed huge snowflakes. I drank my ice tea under the shelter of the building and I was thinking. I had drugs in my pocket. I have drugs in my pocket. I use drugs to make me happy. I’m high right now.
There is a girl named Danny where I work. Shes kinda tall, curly brown hair, and brown/tan skin. She’s young and a hard worker, and was recently promoted for her dedication. She doesn’t talk much. I worked with her once or twice before and we talked, and she seems like a nice girl.
Anyways, while I was on break, she walks outside and asks me if I know where my boss is. I said no. She walks out into the snow, and looks up into the sky. She opened her mouth and started catching snowflakes on her tongue. She was jumping around smiling, laughing, and having fun in the snow all by herself. She was happy. She started talking to me, and I walked out into the snow and started trying to catch snowflakes too. I’ve tried it before but I was never able to. Yesterday I caught a bunch of snowflakes though. It was maybe 5 minutes, and then I went back to work.
I think that was the first time in a long long time I’ve seen someone genuinely happy. I literally cried thinking about it later that night. So few people stop to smell the roses while they go through life. Nobody acts like a child anymore. There isn’t a significant point to this post, but I just want to tell all of you to enjoy your life. I want all of you to be like Danny, and be happy by yourself. Enjoy where you are.
Here’s a really great quote I happened upon a couple minutes after leaving that comment:
“Stuff your eyes with wonder, he said, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.”
— Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
Thanks for your responses guys. I’m going through a really strange part of my life right now. Making change I guess. Things like this, I need to share with people like you. When I have experiences like I did with Danny last night, I want to help you recognize that times like this are real. I want you to look for real happy. I haven’t been a happy person lately, but I’m trying hard, and Danny seems like one of those epiphanies you never forget. I hope you guys have a good day and see things that make you smile.
@tazrick, “I haven’t been a happy person lately, but I’m trying hard”. Taz, you don’t need to be “trying hard”. Just watch. Danny was just a mirror of the same thing within you. You know it’s there. It’s always been there – you were born that way. It cannot be lost, only our recognition of it. Be aware and observant – the lessons will keep coming :0)