Yesterday, I had the good fortune of stumbling upon Tyler Hicks’ interview on Fresh Air (NPR). As I checked off my errands list and drove from one side of town to the other, I started to feel like a busy ant – always scurrying and hurrying, but for what? Why am I doing all of these things? What meaning do I bring to the world? (Yes. I’m thinking about changing my career path. Again.)
His story was so powerful that I found myself sitting in the grocery store parking lot for the last half hour. I just couldn’t bring myself to turn off the car and head inside. I had to finish. I was hanging on every word.
So, I sat in my car and was close to tears as I heard about his friends’ deaths and how his annual trips to the Middle East are getting more and more difficult. I am in awe of this man and of those like him. I don’t exactly want to be him (how would that even happen? tryouts?), but I would love to be his friend. He could really put my daily conflicts and hassles into perspective. “Do you have clean water, some food, and no guns against your head? Yes? Then you’re going to be just fine.”
I hope you connect with the interview as much as I did.
Happy Friday, internet. May we all go into the weekend a little more grateful and with a little more perspective.