Bucharest, Romania

Positive Karma Payback

Forrest Mallard

It is times like this when you can start to believe in Karma.

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Something happened to me when I was leaving Bucharest, and I have not been able to get it out of my mind for days now.

I had paid for a 10-trip subway card when I first arrived in the city, but I only used 7 trips while I was there. – On the way out of the subway on my way out of town, I thought to myself ‘I’m going to make someone happy and give them some free rides.. and I hope I give it to the person who needs it most.”

I offered the card to several people as I was walking through the station, but they all ignored me and looked away like I was trying to sell them something… but then I saw a girl outside of the station, standing at the turnstile, just looking into the station. I handed her the pass.. and at first, she just looked at me, then I waved it in her direction for her to take it. – As she took it from me she had tears coming out of her eyes, and of course, I get embarrassed and I just say “ENJOY!” and run away thinking that was the end of the story.

I was taking the subway to the Bucharest North train station, and it turns out that I got off at the wrong station, so I had to go back to the same subway station and get back on the subway, but I had just given away my subway card.

I went to the ticket booth and asked for ONE ticket, and the lady said they couldn’t sell me a single ticket and I would have to buy two. I said OK, whatever I needed to do.
Then she said to me in a very serious tone “I saw you give your pass to that girl.”
I could only reply, “Yeah… I thought I was done with it, but I guess not.”

She said something to the men in the booth with her, and one of them pulled out a wallet and took out money, I guess to buy my ticket for me. But then the lady pushes the money aside and opens her booth and takes me and walks me through the gate.

I know I have gotten a bit off track in the past, but over the last 5 years, I feel like I am slowly getting back on the path I should have been living on. It is experiences like this one that really makes me feel I am exactly where I am supposed to be now.

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