Tuesday, November 8, 2011

that is how I am like

I was outside Lyons having a typical Tuesday night meltdown.
As I sat on the steps with my head in my hands, and I heard a voice ask:
"Are you okay?"
I looked up, and there was a person wearing a puffy North Face and basketball shorts with earbuds in one ear. Typical Notre Dame.
I responded:
"Oh yeah, I'm fine."
Human beings are ridiculous. There I was, looking like an idiot, with rainy, frizzed-out hair and tears running down my cheeks, and I tried to pretend that I had my life together. How utterly comical. What bizarre reflex exists in us that makes us act like we know what we're doing even when we're as lost as anteaters in a mirror maze? It's the armor we wrap ourselves in, and can't bring ourselves to let go of.
"Are you sure?"
"Oh yeah, I'm good."
He walked away, and I continued to sit and stare at the lights reflecting on the lake. He turned around and came back.
"You look like you could use a hug," he said, and then he wrapped his arms around me in a giant bear hug.
I was so touched. So moved. So gladdened. I was just so completely overwhelmed by kindness. How beautifully wonderful of him to just reach out to someone he didn't know, and bring a little bit of happiness into their life. He's a light bearer, that one.
People are just so amazingly lovely.

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