Casey’s day had been a regular one up until the point that she met him. Something about him had intrigued and saddened her from the beginning.
Casey had no idea what she expected when she was handed the note. She just wanted to do something nice for another human being. Casey never expected to find herself in tears because of it.
Like many others, Casey Fischer had lived a life with many twists and turns. Being raised in Connecticut had its perks but that didn’t mean that life was always rosy.
From a young age, Casey learned valuable life lessons. Chief among these was that life comes at you fast and you often need to struggle in order to grow.
Life as a single mom isn’t easy. Casey always knew this like any other person. She had known many women, young and old, who struggled to raise kids on their own.
Like many others, Casey probably never gave it much further thought. As a young, vibrant, and beautiful young woman, she seemed to have a good life ahead. However, looks can be deceiving.
If being a single mom is hard, life as a single mom of two is even harder. While still quite young herself, this was exactly the kind of situation, Casey found herself in.
It wasn’t going to be easy but her little girls were worth it. Despite her struggles, Casey was determined to be a great mom and make a success of her life no matter the obstacles.
Studying while being a parent is no walk in the park. However, while raising her kids, Casey was still able to attend school. She worked hard and faced many difficulties along the way.
Relationships came and went but her girls and her family were constants. No matter the struggles, Casey always stayed true to who she was and her kind heart would soon end up changing her life.
Back in her student says, like her classmates, Casey enjoyed the coffee shop life. Grabbing a quick bite on the go was a common occurrence. Most students were usually in too much of a hurry to notice people around them but Casey was different.
While so many people passed him by daily, amid the frenzy of trying to reach her goals, Casey still managed to notice Chris, the man who changed her life.
He was clearly homeless, dressed in raggedy old clothes, and had long hair and a beard. Casey watched him scrounging for change before scraping some coins together and entering a Dunkin’ Donuts nearby.
He seemed to have an almost child-like innocence about him, had kind eyes, and a mournful expression. Inexplicably, Casey found herself feeling worried for him and followed him inside the store.
To everyone around her, it must have looked a strange sight indeed when a young, beautiful girl decided to buy an old, homeless man a cup of coffee and a bagel. Even when Casey asked Chris to join him, there was a quiet dignity to how he spoke.
It was like he accepted his fate on the street and never felt entitled to anyone’s help but was grateful to get it. As Casey sat down and got to know Chris better, she was flawed by his story.
Chris explained how he had once been an ordinary person. He had lost his mother to cancer. He later struggled with substance abuse and this turned him “into a person he hated.”
Despite all the tough breaks, Chris still struggled through each day and tried his best to stay positive even though people were often cruel since he was homeless. Casey couldn’t help but feel drawn to him.
Unexpectedly, Casey found Chris’s company to be so engaging that the pair ended up speaking for over an hour. Casey felt so comfortable talking to him that she even ended up opening up about some of her own struggles and ambitions in life.
When it was time to go, Chris asked for a pen and seemed determined to do something with it. For a moment, Casey wondered what was going on and even felt a little worried.
Chris used the pen to scribble on a piece of paper. Casey realized then that he seemed to be writing a note. It had clearly been a while since he’d even held a pen as his hands shook the entire time.
Apologizing for his shaky writing, Chris handed it to Casey before they parted. As she read it, her eyes immediately welled up with tears at the words.
Chris’s note was simple yet touched Casey so deeply. She immediately felt a surge of gratitude. She had felt drawn to Chris for some inexplicable purpose that day.
Now, after reading his note, she finally knew what that purpose was. The note said, “I wanted to kill myself today. Because of you now I do not. Thank you beautiful person.”
Casey had her own struggles in life, as we all do. Chris showed her that our own problems may seem huge to us until we realize what others are going through.
Casey learned this lesson after meeting Chris and felt a new surge of energy to never give up no matter how tough things got. Over time, she was rewarded for her persistence and hard work.
Not long after her encounter with Chris, Casey posted a heartfelt message about it on social media. Within no time, the story of her kindness and the impact it had gone viral.
So much in Casey’s life changed that day. There would always be obstacles but Casey learned to keep overcoming challenges. With renewed vigor, her life got better too.
Over time, Casey was able to complete her studies. She later became a licensed realtor and began a flourishing career. She has come a long way in life and her girls are older now. Casey has done a wonderful job of raising them.
Casey and Chris’s story continues to inspire and help people who struggle through dark days. Through it, they remain a beacon that reminds us how kindness can change a person’s life.