It’s Friday night and… it’s time for a ride. I packed up all my smoothies and headed out.
What an excellent night! I met some amazing people but I’ll just talk about a few in this post. I ventured off on this ride and ended up at a shelter in my town about a mile from where I live. Before even getting to go into the place, I saw someone hanging out on the front porch. I felt I should talk to him. His name was Gerald and he’s originally from Georgia. He was right outside, and the conversation started naturally and instantly after I saw he was wearing a San Francisco Giants baseball cap. I’m a Yankees fan but I admire an organization like the Giants who have amazing leaders all throughout the organization. HINT HINT, I really like baseball. Anyway, we talked a little baseball quickly, but then things got interesting…
Before we got too deep though I made sure to offer him a smoothie which he accepted and gave a thumbs up. Side note: I need some ideas of coming up a name for this smoothie.
Gerald told me almost immediately about his situation and what his mindset has been like dealing with it. Positive, was the mindset I got from him. I just felt like he had so much he wanted to get off of his chest too. He was telling me about some steps he’s been making to get out of the situation he’s in. I wanted to learn more about him though, so I asked him, “What are you passionate about?” He has a passion for cooking, photography and being a DJ. Also, when he was young Gerald had a dream… and that dream was to come out to New York. That dream was inspired by his love of watching movies filmed out of New York. He made that dream a reality when he took the first steps by moving from Georgia to New York City.
Life, isn’t always ‘peachey’ though. And New York City… isn’t in the market for harvesting peaches. POINT IS New York isn’t an easy place, it’s a ‘beautifully tough’ place and as long as it took you to get here, it’ll spit you back out right where you came from. Just like anything in life, you have to truly want it and pursue daily for the attainment of what you want. New York is no exception either. ‘Eat… or be Eaten.’
Gerald… HELL YEAH he wanted to make it out here, everyone wants to make it and be successful in their own right. RIGHT? You know what though, sometimes life takes you in different directions. And based on some ‘not so good’ decisions, that we’ve all made before, our plans are sometimes changed, and in some ways, their pretty drastic changes.
Let me ask you though, “What are you going to do about it? Do you need some time off? Maybe a vacation, just to get away from everything? Okay that’s fine. Go and do that. Then right when you come back… all your problems will probably still be there. Nothings changed. What are you going to do about the current situation you’re in? What decisions do you need to make to push you to the other side?
Like many of us, we all make mistakes and Gerald, he made some mistakes too. But the cool part is… Gerald is currently taking some ‘Major Action’ to get himself out of the current situation he’s in.
I talked to Gerald for close to an hour and he inspired me. He shared with me that he was reading a lot of books, working on himself, and working with some workforce programs developing his skillets in many areas. By the end of it he told me, “I’m going to get out of this.”
I’ll be taking to him more though and stopping by where he’s at. I’m looking forward to our next conversation.
I also ran into a familiar face tonight at the train station … Keith. As you might already know where I last left off, I was talking with him at the bus stop and Keith told me about his job situation, and how he got to where he’s at and also losing his car two years ago.
Goodness gracious it was great to see him though. He just got off the train from work, he looked great and a little more awake this time too. It also was a little earlier in the night, so that might have played a role in it too. I learned something new about him though. Before losing his job Keith was writing a book that he wanted to produce. When he lost his job he lost all of his manuscripts in a storage shed that he couldn’t afford. Talking with him, I learned he still had a desire to write the story, but he said “I think it’s too late and with everything I have going on it would be tough to find any time.” That was tough for me to hear. I told him, “If you want to write this you’re going to write this.” Last time I ran into him he turned away my smoothie, respectfully, but tonight he accepted the smoothie. I gave him another one after he asked for more. Before I left though, I gave him one of my quotes. The quote said this…
“Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.” -Anonymous