A lot of boring things happen in airports: waiting, sitting, sleeping, more waiting, but a lot of interesting things happen there too. While I was waiting for my flight to begin boarding to go back to school, the flight attendants were calling out names of those who were on the flight's waiting list. There was a couple and both of their names were on the list, and when the man's name was called he told his girlfriend that he couldn't take the seat knowing that she would be left behind. He told her to take his spot and go see her family. The woman had a similar thought and told him she wasn't going to leave without him either. I thought it was the sweetest thing, and it made me start realizing how I could show kindness to the people in my own life.
I think it's very important to show the people around you that you care for them, even if it's by doing something very simple like giving them a hug or asking them how their day went. I also think it's good to take the time to share kindness with others, even if you don't know them. During the holidays there are many people out there who don't get to see their family, don't receive gifts, or don't have enough to eat. Taking the time to do simple acts of kindness like smiling at people on the street, wishing happy holidays to people in your class, or donating to the local shelters will not only make others feel a little bit more cheer, but I guarantee it will warm your heart too.
The couple at the airport made me realize it's not always about yourself, and although I know I can be a selfish person at times, I have to remember to think about everyone else's needs at the same time. Life isn't meant to be spent selfishly and you'll live a happier existence if you spread joy to others. Recently there was an event on Chapman's campus that helped me recognize the privilege that I have of going to college, having a happy family, and everything else that I don't realize others are missing. Everyone deserves to have happiness and love during the holiday season (and year round!), and sometimes it's hard to remember that others may not have it as great as you do.