Wear it like an armor!
What do you think connects people beyond all human made boundaries? Stories.
Don’t we all love being engulfed in stories? What are you at the end of the day? The story you keep saying to yourself in your brain. Isn’t it?
I believe stories with basic human emotions have no boundaries whatsoever. It connects people of different religions, places, gender, color.
I am going to share one such story here. Alright?
My colleagues are all super elder to me. I am in the late 20s. They are in their late 40s. People generally have less intensity in their late 40s. But there is one guy who is fitter, active and adventurous. He treks all the way up to 11000 feet to ski down and he has a Jeep Wrangler. How young can he get?
So, I ran into him in the break room and wanted to know about his recent adventure. I love listening to his adventurous stories so I poked him with a question. He started answering that and wanted me to type down my email(personal email id) so he could send me some links and passed on his mobile.
I expected the keypad to be like below -
But, it was (probably, I don’t know) -
- I was surprised to look at a keypad different from the traditional QWERTY keypad. I have never looked at a keypad like that before.
- I was intrigued why anyone would have a keypad other than the traditional QWERTY and asked him “What keypad is this?”
- He was a feet away from me. Came in closer. Looked at the keypad, raised his eyebrows, spread his lips and with a tinkle in his eyes said in a cheerful, loud tone — “I am dyslexic! This keypad is for me” and maintained that smile.
- I was taken aback by that reaction. I din’t know if I had to apologize. I did not. He did not sound like a person who was expecting an apology. He did not sound like a person who has a disadvantage. He did not sound like a person who was seeking sympathy. I let the moment slip by and continued typing my email.
- His reaction made me happy. I could not stop thinking about that the entire day. He was normal with what seems to be abnormal. He accepted his defects. He did not let that hurt him. As Tyrion said — “Wear it like an armor”. My colleague did wear it like an armor. I hope I can have his positivity every moment of my life. I hope I can wear my weaklings up my sleeve and be confident about it. I hope I find many such moments in my life and keep telling stories.