The other day, I sent someone close to me a Snapchat of myself lounging at a local beach resort, reading the memoir The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost, while sipping on an iced caramel late from Dunkin, only to receive a text from him minutes later that read “Get a job hippie.”
After laughing and sending back, “Jobs are for snobs,” his text brought me to another realization: I am so lucky to be outside, enjoying this beautiful day and semi-fall weather. I am so grateful for all the incredible people and fun adventures I have spent this summer with/pursuing.
And although I just finished my internship and will be working — but I can’t really consider them work, as I’m really looking forward to both jobs — two jobs this school year, it was this mixture of feeling like a bum, feeling grateful, and just loving the weather that pushed me to consider what other items I could cross off my “Kind Acts and Volunteering” bucket list on the way home.
I thought of the one item I had written, “Pay the toll for the car behind me,” and wondered how that one would work, now that my family finally emerged from the dinosaur age, after some prodding from friends and relatives, and purchased E-ZPass. I figured I’d just head toward Cash Receipts and pay the toll with cash, along with the car behind me.
As I approached the toll, I began rapidly searching through my bag. I had been substituting my debit card for cash this entire week — I know, I know, not always a smart solution — and hoped I had enough for myself and the car behind me. The toll was $1.50 and I smiled when I found just three singles in my bag. Perfect.
When I drove up to the toll, the toll collector informed me my E-ZPass had gone off. Cool, I thought. I had no idea that would happen. I told him I’d just pay cash for me and the car behind me, but he said with E-ZPass I wouldn’t have to pay for myself and put the $1.50 toward the man behind me. I smiled as I watched the man try to pay, then put his money back, but I drove away quickly before he might drive up next to me and thank me. Even if $1.50 isn’t much, it made the sunny drive home that much better.
So has anyone done something similar or want to add this one to his or her bucket list? I’d love to hear from you!
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