On the subway platform, I could tell he was unsure of his location and which tracks he was looking for. So again I asked him if he needed assistance. This time, he took me up on my offer. He told me where he was wanting to go, and what he believed to be the correct train information. I reassured him he was on the right tracks & also gave him some pointers about the subway system, so he would understand it better.
I asked him where he was from, "Ohio", was the answer. OHIO! Well, being a mid westerners ourselves Mia and I fully understood where this man was coming from. After quick introductions back and forth. He asked if we lived in the city, and we explained about being on this trip & what we were up to. Luckily Jarrod was riding our train with us, he was going one stop beyond us. So we sat on the train together and chit chatted about what he was doing in the city.
He explained how he loves the grit of big cities. That he's drawn to places like DC, Chicago, and NYC. He's in the city visiting friends, and looking forward to spend the time seeing the city & catching up with friends. He has dreams of living life to the fullest. He sees life as an adventure, he loves to travel & he thinks life is all about meeting people. He says, he wants to be happy where he is, where ever that may be.
Jarrod and I only had a few minutes to meet, chat, and part ways and even with that small amount of time Jarrod gave me what I needed at that moment. I'm sure Jarrod thought I was helpful and he was lucky to run into me when he needed help. What Jarrod doesn't know is that I needed him more. I needed the connection with someone in person that instantly saw himself in what I was doing. Jarrod is filled with possibilities for his future & the world on whole, and for me that day, Jarrod was the universe telling me I'm on the right path.
Thank you Jarrod, for being you.
For you being you allows me to be me.