If you’ve looked at the 101 in 1001 tab on this blog, you’ll notice that I haven’t gotten very far. I don’t mean to think it as laziness, but rather the fact that a lot of the things on the list are time-consuming, involve beaucoup bucks, or both. That being said, there are some that take little to no effort at all, just an open mind and a touch of kindness. I present you with the middle of the list.
51. Pay for the person behind me at Starbucks
This involves more thought than one would expect. Being my spacey self, I don’t typically think about this goal when I’m in line to get my coffee, which is more often than I’d care to admit. When I do think of it, the vehicle behind me either has 3+ people in it, or I’m lacking in funds. Problem, that.
Friday night came. I was getting home from being downtown with friends, and this goal came to my mind. I knew I would get Starbucks before work the next morning, so I figured it was time to pay for the person behind me.
Saturday came. I pulled up to pay for my drink when I was informed that the person in front of me had paid for my drink. I was floored. This had never happened to me before. I became so excited that I forgot all about paying for the person behind me, which in a way was good because I had noticed before getting to the window that there were four people in that car. Talk about a coffee bill!
Sunday came. I needed a little spot of harmony before going to work. The big white truck pulled in behind me to order. One person inside. Man with a polite demeanor. I promise I wasn’t stalking. I just happened to have my window open at the time, that’s all. I got up to pay for my drink and asked to pay for the person behind me as well.
Guess what he ordered?
::insert dramatic pause here::
Okay, I’ll tell you.
A venti (large) coffee.
I’m serious. I’ve waited to do this for so long, and I shelled out maybe two dollars max. I won’t complain, of course, but I feel like I lucked out on that one. Either way, the goal is complete. I also completed another goal that isn’t even on the list. Pay it forward.
I know it’s just coffee and a couple dollars, but I learned a lot from this experience. I never expected to have my coffee paid for before, even if I myself had the same idea. It’s one of the main things I love about life, the randomness of it and never knowing what will happen. You can make plans, you can pretend to know all of the answers, but every so often something (or someone) comes along and surprises you.
I’m a fan of that.
Have you ever paid for the person behind you, or vice versa?