Daily Prompt: Stranger

“Have you ever had a random encounter or fleeting moment with a stranger that stuck with you?” -The Daily Post 

Last Wednesday, I went to my town’s public library in search of biographies of famous authors for a research paper for my English Comp II class. While sifting through the books, some man walked in and approached me. His first words were, “.. mm.. I’m not sure how much longer I can go on like this.” and immediately, of course, I became extremely concerned.

I wasn’t sure what to think. I responded with, “Why, what’s the matter?” and he said, “There’s nothing left. Each day just brings more and more disappointment.” Yikes- depressing!

I told him, “Try not to think like that – there’s always something out there that is left. You just have to stay positive!” and he responded with, “I guess. I don’t know. I’m not liking how things have been turning out recently.”

And upon saying that, he turned away and began to walk somewhere else. I was stunned. Approached from a stranger. He was in a library (talking loudly – not even whispering) telling me the story of how his life is falling apart. I’m not sure if he had a mental disability of some sort or if he was legitimately depressed but I just hope he is ok. I couldn’t stop thinking about it that day.

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