DRIFTER TALES: Why You Should Never Be Too Busy Travelling to Pay It Forward [Kahului, Maui, Hawaii]
by Paul Riel
On a recent trip to the island of Maui, Hawaii, my brother Paully Wog* learned a life lesson through a simple act of kindness. He shared his experience on Facebook, so I decided to share it here. This is what happened...
*Some names have been altered
Did I tell you how much I HATE Cancer? Pay it forward, and maybe you'll get yourself some free Taco Bell.
My first stop after getting off the plane in Kahului, Maui...Taco Bell!
I notice an old homeless man, (I think he was homeless,) sitting on the curb outside asking for a few dollars to buy himself some food. I offer to buy him something to eat.
He asks for a "bean burrito or something cheaper."
"Why don't you come inside and order what you want," I say.
After we order and he goes to sit down, I get a bill that's much less then I expected, less then the price of my meal alone.
The cashier says, "Don't worry about it, you don't have to pay for your meal. I only charged you for his meal and your drink."
Wow! Thank you Kahului Taco Bell cashier lady!!!
We sit down to eat together and he proceeds to tell me how he's walked there from the Maui Memorial Medical Center after spending five days as a patient and finding out that he has skin cancer.
Whether or not he was telling me the truth, he has a nasty lesion and scars on his face to support his story. Almost lost my appetite, but hey, it's a beef supreme chalupa!
So we sit, eat, and talk.
He tells me about growing up in Michigan, moving to Hawaii 30 years ago, how different the sun in Hawaii feels compared to Michigan, and the importance of protecting my skin now.
After about 30 minutes he asks if I wouldn't mind him saving his last burrito to share with a friend of his.
"Sharing is Caring!" I say, and after thanking me profusely he walks out with a huge smile, offering to detail my car one day.
Lesson 1: I need to take better care of my skin
Lesson 2: I really do hate cancer
Lesson 3: There is more happiness in giving than receiving
Oh yeah, and...
Lesson 4: The cashier lady at the Kahului Taco Bell (I wish I got her name) is AWESOME!
Pay it forward!!!
And there you have it, my big brother's FIRST guest blog post!
It would only be fitting for me to end this drifter tale with a video reminding all of us to ALWAYS wear sunscreen, so here's a throwback video clip to the 1999 cult classic "Everybody's Free to Wear Sunscreen" by Baz Luhrmann.
Image by Thomas Leth-Olsen used and altered under Creative Commons License.
I'm JR. I come from a long line of adventurers, some were nomadic explorers of the sea and others wandering cultivators of the earth. Ultimately, this legacy of drifters has deeply affected my view of travel. Read more...