The Little Things in Life
- I met with my philosophy professor (who I admire because of his intelligence and knowledge in philosophy) about my final paper since I was iffy about certain things. It was really helpful being able to talk things through with him and I figured out how I’m going to approach the agreement/disagreement portion of my final paper. I was so nervous about having to come up with a philosophical hypothesis on why I disagreed with certain aspects of Aristotle’s ideology, but my professor told me that the example I came up with is difficult to determine whether the person would be acting morally or immorally, so I can argue both sides. I’m really happy about this because maybe now, I can possibly get a high A on this paper and maintain an A for the course…I can only lose 2 points on this or else I’ll get an A-. Anyways, regardless of my grade, my professor’s still pretty amazing. I like the way he lectures us, he’s never condescending, and always open to help his students. If I needed another philosophy core, I would definitely take him.
- In the same day, while I was going home, my phone didn’t have any signal while I was at the train station because my brother and mom got me a new phone while I was at school. It turns out that my phone was no longer working. Earlier, I told my dad to pick me up at 3:30, but I figured that he was waiting for my phone call since I always call him 10 minutes before I get to the train station. I waited until 3:35, but he still wasn’t there, so I figured that he was still waiting for my call. I asked the lady who works for CTA whether she had a phone I could use or not and she told me that their phone can only be used for CTA train purposes, it didn’t work otherwise. I thanked her anyways and waiting for the next person to walk by. A few minutes later, an older lady walked by and I asked her if she had a phone I can use and she didn’t. I guess the CTA worker saw that I was having trouble so she ended up offering up her phone even though it was a prepaid phone that goes by minutes. I was thankful because I would have been screwed otherwise. While I was waiting to be picked up, there was a middle-aged man who was having trouble putting money on his CTA card and so the CTA worker tried to help him out, but he was ignoring her on purpose and being rude. He even yelled at her about her willingness to help him. He ran to put in his ticket to go to the train platform and she was calling him, to which he was ignoring her. She was calling him because he had left his money. Even after his ignorance and rudeness, she still continued to call his name so that the money would get to him. I seriously look up to her and people who are kind like that. I don’t really know much about her, but just through her actions, I could tell that she was a genuinely kind person. I ended up waving goodbye to her.
- Today, I checked my email and received an email from SSWD which is the program at Loyola for students with learning disabilities. I get paid to turn in notes every day to them and they send it to the student that is in my class because I’m not supposed to know who the student is; it protects their privacy. I remember last semester when I went to a study group for my sociology and religion class, the girl who I took notes for thanked me personally for taking good notes for her. She thanked me and complimented me on it and I was really appreciative that it affected her ability to learn so much. Today, I received an email from the coordinator of the program telling me that the student thanked me for the notes and also wished me good luck on my finals.
It’s the little things that happen in life like these things that make me so thankful for everything. It may be finals week next week and I may be stressing out over this final paper for philosophy, but I’m honestly so grateful for things like these. I feel so blessed to have these encounters.