Peeps, I was driving somewhere a few days back and was in a hurry. Of course. I’d stopped at the gas station a few minutes before and that had thrown me even more behind schedule. Of course.
So I was sitting at this stoplight impatiently, rolling my eyes at the car line up before me. And then somebody knocks on my driver’s side window. For a half second I thought it was the police since my license plates are expired and all.
But it was just a regular guy that wanted to let me that my gas door was open.
Way cool that it wasn’t the police but even more way cool that a complete stranger had gotten out of his car at a stoplight to let me know that my gas cap was dangling and the door was open.
There I’d been racing through town with my gas cap flopping around. Like an asshole. I had thought I’d heard something bumping but that’s normal if you drive a used car. Plus, I was in a hurry. Of course.
Again, pretty cool that the dude hopped out of his car at a stoplight just to be a better person.
So then the light turned green and he started to hustle back to his car. But then he stopped, did a 180 and said, “let me just get that for you.” And then he put my gas cap back on and shut the door.
It may feel like our world is going to shit but we as individuals are what make the difference. In less than ten seconds that guy made the world just that much better.
So why do I put this out there for the universe to see? A moment akin to me walking around with my fly open? Because it keeps me humble, it keeps me grounded. Keeps me from thinking I’m all that and a bag of chips.
But more importantly it’s a good reminder that there are way cool, selfless people out there. People doing their part to make the world a better place. People that we don’t even know.
In an excerpt from the ‘Origins’ podcast, creator Larry David and the cast dish on the origins of the HBO hit ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ ahead of Season 9.
David: You know, when people told me after the show started airing that they had to leave the room for some scenes because they were cringing and they couldn’t bear to watch — it was like a horror movie — I had no idea it was having that effect on people. That was a complete surprise to me, and I liked it. I liked that they couldn’t see it. But I never really gave it that much thought. I was just trying to do funny shows. I never felt I was going too far. I felt I was doing what I wanted to see.
I didn’t realize that they improved the whole show. Leon and Larry, those were my favorite scenes.