Small Mercies

Yesterday, gaining consciousness on public transportation after a tonic-clonic seizure, the first I’ve experienced in such a public space, I was reminded that when it seems like everything sucks, it’s important to acknowledge what doesn’t. Thank you driver, who remained calm and treated me like a human being, not the freak I sometimes suspect I might be; thank you fellow passenger, who noticed my MedicAlert bracelet and called the number for instructions rather than panicking and dialling 911; thank you brain, for malfunctioning on an almost-empty bus rather than a subway car during rush hour. I like to think that I won’t always find myself in such uncomfortable, embarrassing, and potentially dangerous situations, but for the time being, I’m grateful that the world is full of good people.


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