I have been going to the same lady for my alterations for at least 3 years. She is from Korea and is around the same age as me. Think of all the people you come in contact with for small errands on a continual basis. How many of them do we really get to know on a more personal level? Do you even know their names? Do you take the time or do you think it’s important to wonder? I think we all fall into the “I’m in a hurry and I really don’t want to know the specifics” trap.
When she opened her store I was grateful. I was tired of going to my present alterations place because they had made a series of costly mistakes. This place was close to my daughter’s school and wasn’t as busy so I thought I would give it a try. I was glad I did! Every time I walk in she greets me with a big smile. She is a beautiful woman. Petite, bobbed black hair and high cheek bones. But she isn’t small. Her personality and her self-confidence make her a giant. If there weren’t other customers in the store we would chat. In these past three years, I’ve learned about her family and the different jobs she’s held. With every adventure there is a gleam in her eye. It’s very uplifting.
I’m at the point in my life and career that I’m starting to think about other things I might want to do besides what I’m doing. Career change or a possible move somewhere else. Who knows. So as she was fitting me I just asked her, were you scared when you started your business? Without hesitation she said no, I’m never scared. I was taken aback by her quick response. Then she continued with the biggest smile; I have a heart condition (that she shared with two other siblings) there is always a chance I might not be here tomorrow. If I want to do it, I do it. Her brother died at 26 and her sister at 42. She said again, I don’t wait, I pray about it and leave it in God’s hands. I remember her telling me about the heart condition. This is what happens when you get to know people, you learn little things about them. I began to think how easy it is to put your dreams, or those little adventures, aside always making excuses or just saying maybe I’ll get to it tomorrow. Even when we are physically fit we sometimes make excuses of why we can’t or won’t. She was a good reminder of that today. Then she said, “you’re going to think I’m crazy“. I laughed and said you have to be kidding me:) She keeps a bucket list, of all the “adventures” she wants to try. I absolutely love it when people describe their actions as adventures. It shows hunger and passion.
Here’s to passion every step of-the-way. Happy miles to you.