The other day, my friend Rachel posted a story on Facebook about a really awful situation that is currently happening to her friends in Peru. A whole village of people (men, women, children) nearly beat them to death and stole all of their possessions. You can read their full story here (and share it if you can.) I'm shocked that things like this happen... every day. To people we know, people we don't, people who are just on vacation, people who have no ill intention... it's insane. They're safe now, but my amazing friend Rachel started a fund to help them and get them back to the U.S. and last I checked, it was over $17,000. People (some who knew them and some who didn't) donated money to help save these people. In light of such an awful situation, it kind of restores your faith in humanity. There are good people out there. And it's inspiring. We should all be the good we wish to see in the world. (And Rachel is amazing!!!!)
It has been on my mind a lot this week. The idea of "being a good person." Some of us aren't the type who go out and volunteer on the weekends or donate money to charities (or even stop and listen to people wearing vests and hold clipboards.) (I'm one of those people.) But... we can try to be better friends, better siblings, better children, better employees and be good people.
I was walking to work yesterday. I was in a good mood and excited to get an iced coffee and do a show. Then I saw Mary ahead and I was like, "Oh! I'll say hi to Mary! Fun!" then I saw an old man in front of her walking down the street with a giant mattress. He couldn't drag it on his own and he was flipping it over and it was a mess. He apologized for being in my way and I offered him some help (thinking he wouldn't take it) (I know that I'm too proud to accept help all the time) but he did. And then Mary helped (even though she was holding a huge box.) And then, one of the students in the training center saw us struggling to get this mattress down the street and he dragged it and was much stronger than us and helped us a whole lot. But as we were walking and struggling, people muttered about us taking up the sidewalk and quickly walked by and made faces. When we finally got the mattress to the guy's apartment, he offered to pay us. We turned it down and he was dumbfounded and super thankful. He could have done that all by himself (with people annoyed at him) but instead three strangers helped him and made his day. And it took next to no effort on our part and took very little time out of our schedule.
It made me feel good. And I felt good about two friends helping me out! I'm not saying I'm a hero, obviously. I'm just saying that it felt good to help someone... and as I said to Mary, good things will happen to us because of it!
But aside from my false sense of superiority and own selfish good feelings, I honestly do believe being good gets you places. It's like my favorite quote in the whole world by Conan O'Brien, "If you work really hard and you're kind, amazing things will happen." And it's so true! I mean, this week we were picking the House Teams members and it was funny how many people we hated not being able to give the opportunity to because there were a lot of great, nice people! Be good and more doors will open!
Over the past few months, I've been working hard at being a good person. I want to be someone approachable, nice and without a reputation for talking shit or being rude. I'm trying to be less judgmental and not knock people down (especially behind their backs) for something that makes them happy. I want to act towards people the way I want people to act towards me. It's a process because the world is such a negative place and the people around me can be pretty negative... but if I work really hard, and act kindly, I know more doors will open and amazing things will happen.
The world can be a good place. We just have to be good people. Trust me, it's a lot easier to be nice and it makes you feel better at the end of the day. We could all sleep better at night.