An early start
That morning, I had breakfast with a stranger, not something that tends to happen often; maybe it happened because I was in the ‘friendlier north’ of the UK, where speaking to a stranger isn’t seen as being quite so weird.
“Sorry, I nearly sat in your seat” she said. We were both having a hot breakfast, I told her not to be silly, she could sit wherever she wanted, there was plenty of room for both us.
At around 8am the station was starting to get busy, a long queue of people lined up to buy the breakfasts they’d skipped on the way out of the front door – myself included. Announcements echoed through the station for various departures while anxious commuters grabbed their much needed coffee fix.
Now seated, she told me she’d survived cancer three times, and that she thanked God every morning for her life instead of stressing over little things that don’t really matter. “I’m all about positive attitude” she said “I might have bits of me missing but at least I haven’t got an arm or leg missing”.
I admired her spirit – for some, it’s not an easy one to accomplish.
She had a grateful heart and a cheerful outlook on life as she told me that she was on her way to take her mum on a seaside trip, and that she was very much looking forward to looking at the locally produced pottery in her chosen coastal town.
We joked about our healthy and unhealthy breakfast choices – concluding that a little bit of what you fancy is good for you.
A full English Breakfast
She told me her father was 93 years old “my mum has cooked him a full english breakfast every day since they’ve been together, and she didn’t stop when doctors warned him about his high cholesterol” her mother had protested to the doctor when he told her to give her husband healthier meals.
93 years old, a ripe old age, they must have been doing something right all this time.
Our contact with others is powerful
So that was another one of my conversations with a stranger that left an inspiring imprint on my mind and has stayed with me to this day – she may never know it though, to her it was probably just a quick chat with one in a million random strangers!
We’ll never know the impact and impression we make on other people, every day, but lets try and make sure it’s a positive one.
I’d love to hear about any inspiring strangers you’ve met just once, by chance – feel free to share your stories below.