I was sitting in the back of a taxi on the way to the airport when I nonchalantly asked the driver if he was having a good day. To my surprise and against most social norms, he answered rather candidly, "No, not really; I do not like being a taxi driver, only been on the job two weeks." Naturally, I was surprised at his vulnerability and ability to speak his truth. Being a professional dream inflater, I pried even more. Why would you do something you don't love?
I was embarrassed at his humble response as well as my obnoxious ignorance. “Because I need the money." He went on to tell me that he was actually a biologist and had just been let go thanks to the economy being in a slump. Fortunately his son goes to a phenomenal university, but unfortunately, it's one of the most expensive private schools in the country.
"My son, he doesn't know I drive," my driver explained. "My wife and I decided not to tell him because we didn't want him to feel bad." Either way, I was flabbergasted at his unconditional love along with his willingness to make the necessary sacrifice for his family. In a time when the emphasis falls on convenience and somehow entitlement tends to outweigh humility, may we also have the courage to make our life about others.
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