I was at work the other day (I work in the garden centre in Homebase) and the weirdest, most strange thing happened to me.
I was sweeping the yard, minding my own business, just doing my job, when a little boy – he was probably about 5 – approached me, pointed at me and said:
“when I grow up, I want to be like you.”
Just like that.
My heart stopped. (and I think I blushed too.)
It was such a surreal moment that I just froze. Half in embarrassment, half in shock. A young boy wanted to grow up and be just like me, sweeping a yard in an average job?
I also felt quite proud, I let out a small grin at the boy. There I was, innocently working another usual day and something like that happened to brighten it up completely.
His parents killed my mood straight away. They just gave me the slightest look, grabbed the little boy by his arm, mumbled something and hurried off.
And it all happened within 10 seconds. That was it.
I had just been in the strangest daze for god-knows how long and I couldn’t get it off my mind. I kept thinking that I was day-dreaming, my mind helplessly wondering away from the jobs I had lined up to complete for the rest of my shift.
But no, it was real.
It made me realise that whatever job I get, I should be grateful to be in it. I should appreciate what I am doing and thrive for moments just like that to come along and make me feel enlightened, lifting my spirits even on the darkest of days.