As I sat at work, all I could think about was purchasing a new book. My mind needed fuel and my heart needed reassurance.
The clock strikes 5 o'clock and I begin to gather my belongings. Dashing off the elevator down the street to the 23rd Street subway station -- I make it just in time. I run on the N train anticipating getting off at the next stop. The only thing on my mind is Strand Bookstore. I guess you could say it's my special hiding place when I need to get away.
I rummage through the books trying to find one that speaks to me. I google reviews on Amazon for pretty much every single book I pick up and eventually put back down. While walking up and down the aisles, I stumble across two books -- one I have had my eye on for sometime now and one that the title immediately caught my eye, The Lovers Dictionary and My Heart is an Idiot. I'm pretty sure you can guess which title caught my eye first.
I gasp and run in line. With ten other people ahead of me, the line actually moves quicker than I had anticipated. I purchase my two books, spending more than I had planned -- but I am pleased.
I run into the subway terminal hoping that the R train is there as soon as I arrive, but as I'm running down the steps -- the train is pulling off. It always happens that way.
While I wait, I pull out The Love Dictionary and start reading. I'm immediately enthralled by the diction and imagery the author conveys through his writing. My heart flutters every time I turn a page.
A young man standing beside me taps me, but I don't feel him until he taps me a second time. I look at him and he begins small talk -- which I'm not much of a fan of, but he's friendly so I oblige.
He sees me reading my book and says, "you're a hopeless romantic aren't you?"
I reply saying, "I guess you could say that."
giving me a smile of endearment he says, "I've been down that road before."
he says, "don't worry, it gets better" and goes on to ask about the train we are waiting for.
I don't know this guy and he doesn't know me, but the mere fact that he reassured me that it gets better was enough to make all my worries and cares disappear.
I don't think we meet people on accident. Whether they are in our lives for five seconds or five years, they are there to teach us a lesson.