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Little Gestures, Big Difference

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by Kalie Souknary
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If you’ve ever had one of those days where you’re just not feelin’ it, you understand how something as small as a smile, someone asking about your day, or even just someone holding the door open for you can make your day much better.

One day I was just feeling down for no reason. I was supposed to study that day, so I packed up all my stuff and headed to Wake the Dead Coffee House on Ranch Road. When I pulled in, the feeling of not wanting to study just became stronger and it was a beautiful day out. I sat in the parking lot for two minutes before I decided to leave and go to Rio Vista. I’d been going through a lot the last couple of months, so I needed some alone time. When I got to Rio Vista, there was a certain spot I picked in the past that I returned to. This time, there were a couple of boys fishing that were nice enough to let me sit by them. We started talking and making jokes with each other and they ended up inviting me to go to Sewell with them. I ended up being at Sewell for three hours playing frisbee and football with them and a couple of other bobcats we met there. After Sewell, we ate dinner at Fuego, came home and played board games, and went to see a movie at Starplex. Those four people are now some of my favorite people to be with. Isn’t it amazing what small gestures can do? All I did was sit by someone and I gained four friends during a time where I really needed new adventures and people to be there for me.

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Asking someone how they are or even just telling them to have a good day an actually affect their mood and they may just have a good day because you took the time to tell them to! Sometimes all anyone ever needs on an off day is for someone to show care towards them. The next time you meet someone that looks like they may be having a bad day, or is even just having a dull day, smile at them. Ask them how their day is going, hold the door open for them, compliment their clothes. Do something to make them smile. I guarantee it’ll make some sort of difference. You never know what someone is going through and you may be just the person to help.

Don’t be shy, this is San Marcos. This is your town.

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