The Power of Humanity

It is quite remarkable the life lessons and people I have met while commuting on the bus.

It is quite remarkable the life lessons and people I have met while commuting on the bus.

While on the bus today heading to St. Paul’s Hospital, I was reminded of the power of humanity. I entered the bus, and took a seat in the back. For some reason that makes no sense to me, Translink has two pairs of seats facing each other with insufficient leg room between them.

What transpired from this oversight by the designer of the bus seating layout made me so happy. One of the gentleman sitting across from me, who always seems to be taking the bus at the same time as me, made a comment about the silliness of the seating layout

That one comment sparked a wonderful exchange of relevant and important information regarding nutrition and food systems, that left everyone feeling more upbeat and connected with their fellow human. This whole sequence reinforced the lesson that we are much more similar than we realize. Obviously we may look different, be at different points in our life story, and have drastically different life stories. Yet once we move past all those superficial differences it becomes strikingly clear how much we have in common.

We all have similar fears and insecurities. We all have experienced pain and lost loved ones. We will all die, and have any memory of our existence wiped from this earth. However, in this “connected” age I feel people are increasingly more and more hostile to strangers because they are not part of their “social network.” It is absolutely imperative, in my humble opinion, to start appreciating and respecting the humanity in everyone we meet.

Be Happy and Chase your Dreams,

Pavan Mehat

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