One morning I went out to my car to find an envelope full of money with a note saying it was for my education. It was exactly the amount I needed! I don't know who put it there, but I have tried to pay it forward as many times as possible.
17. Second chances.
My university re-admitted me despite my having been dismissed for a 1.3 GPA. The university has an "academic amnesty" program that is giving me a second chance to finish my degree. I could not be more grateful.
18. "Whoever that lady was, thank you."
When I first moved to Houston at age 19, I got lost and ran out gas before I could get back to my apartment on the other side of town. To boot, I forgot my wallet at home. I'm not sure if anybody's familiar with Houston TX but unlike most of the rural parts of the state where people are generally more friendly and kind hearted, Houston is kind of the exact opposite. It can be a pretty dog-eat-dog kind of a city. To my surprise, I related my problem to a random lady at a gas station and she said, "hey if you need, you need." She was the first person I asked and she helped me out no questions asked. I have never forgotten her. I have since paid it forward but I'll never forget how scary that was, being lost, with no money, in a huge city with zero experience of city life. Whoever that lady was, thank you!!
19. Pass it on.
My car died and I needed a new one immediately. I was low on funds but not broke. When my friend heard about my situation, he gave me his car. Later one of my friends was in a similar situation. I passed the car to him.
20. Power outage.
The morning after pretty much the entire city lost power to a terrifying winter storm, I took my infant son to the grocery store. We needed to get meals that could be made completely in the toaster oven, since that was the only thing we could run from our generator. Our weather is generally mild so everyone was pretty shaken up (story continued on the next page...)
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