This month on the blog for “6 on the 6th blog circle“, I’m writing about a man that I happened to run into. After you are done reading my blog, please check out LoveMammarazzi to see what she’s sharing today on this blog circle.
On May 19, 2016, after meeting with a friend for lunch, I was in a hurry trying to get home in time for the kiddos to be home from the school. It was pouring outside. As I was entering the freeway, I noticed a man with plastic bag over his head trying to run but I could tell he wasn’t strong enough to make a quick run for such rain. I slowed down, rolled down the window. I was going to give him my umbrella but when I saw his face with a big smile, I immediately knew that I had to give the man a lift. I asked where he lives and he said it was just down the street, the man pointed ahead saying it’s only a few blocks away and that he’s fine just walking. I told him to hop in and I’ll give him a lift home. He introduced himself as “Jose”. I asked who he lives with and he said “nobody”. He said that he’s staying in the shed with a family and that he has no family. He finds jobs here and there to make a living and that he took the boat, the train and car to get to Texas. He always had a smile on his face. He asked what is it that I do. I told him that I’m a photographer. He asked me if I could take some pictures for him, then he said not right away because it is raining right now. When I got to where he stayed, I asked him if I could take a few photos of him and where he lived, he was excited about that. As soon as I saw where he lived, this overwhelming feeling came over me. It’s truly not a living condition. Although his living condition isn’t ideal, Jose always showed a great smile on his face. He told me that nobody ever took pictures of him. He never had any pictures taken when he was a little child either. Even with the rain pouring down, he offered to walk me to the car. I told him not to worry about me, I can get to the car by myself. Jose’s living condition reminds me of how fortunate my life is. I sometimes complain about little things that do not go my way and they are not even that important after seeing him. He’s a pure example of “happiness is within,” it is not materialistic, it is something that you must recognize and that even under the worst circumstances, happiness can be found. Jose, it was my honor to meet you and for gifting me a valuable lesson in life.