Many of us have had to ask for help at some point in our lives.
Oftentimes, it is a challenging thing to do, even in our most difficult circumstances.
However, when help is asked for, good people show up.
Erynn Brook was on her way home from work when she encountered a woman. The story of what happened next quickly went viral.
Sometimes a happenstance meeting can shift someone deeply.
I’m waiting on kitty ultrasound results and trying to distract myself a little bit so I’d like to tell you a story… https://t.co/pyAWNhvSop— Erynn Brook (@Erynn Brook)1554400160.0
I was on my way home after work. It’s about 10pm, and the subway is pulling up to my stop. I’ve been stressed about… https://t.co/AvzZJTB4wK— Erynn Brook (@Erynn Brook)1554400215.0
She’d been looking at me and I hadn’t really noticed. Her lips were barely moving, but I took out one earbud and sa… https://t.co/VuxXcIC25T— Erynn Brook (@Erynn Brook)1554400291.0
Many would have ignored this girl, but Erynn decided not to.
At the top it said “my seizure plan”. I blinked at it then looked up at her. “Are you having a seizure now?” I aske… https://t.co/h6SzAgGMn4— Erynn Brook (@Erynn Brook)1554400391.0
She mentioned her stop was 3 stops away. I asked if she would like me to ride with her to her stop. She said she di… https://t.co/Rd4a2Ve0cm— Erynn Brook (@Erynn Brook)1554400531.0
Then, only a laminated page to guide her, Erryn jumped into action.
Then she seized. She had already moved her purse out of the way and folded her scarf in a place to catch her head a… https://t.co/ffVnVSfbYB— Erynn Brook (@Erynn Brook)1554400652.0
This seizure plan paper is like an anchor. It says what to do, what not to do, how long seizures might last, what m… https://t.co/CkW6OXwabF— Erynn Brook (@Erynn Brook)1554400903.0
Then she offered to stay with the girl until her stop.
I tell her I’m just going to ride the subway with her to her stop, and if we miss it, don’t worry, I’ll sit with he… https://t.co/MaVSXQoNy0— Erynn Brook (@Erynn Brook)1554400998.0
She mentions that she needs to get a prescription refill. I say prescription refills are so annoying. She nods a bi… https://t.co/DYaa2Q89r8— Erynn Brook (@Erynn Brook)1554401087.0
She was flabbergasted by the vulnerability of having a seizure disorder.
It says she gets these seizures 1-4 times a day, and each episode lasts 10-60mins. Just think about that for a se… https://t.co/LfxIgzMLgR— Erynn Brook (@Erynn Brook)1554401269.0
She comes out close to her stop. I ask her if she wants to get off. And she says “I’m just so tired, I want to go h… https://t.co/MZmVp4YOA3— Erynn Brook (@Erynn Brook)1554401409.0
She places her folded scarf on the back of the chair and positions herself just so. She tells me “if it gets real b… https://t.co/d8KaC2OwCd— Erynn Brook (@Erynn Brook)1554401510.0
Then, Erynn decided to get the girl home.
I’m a big sister and a woman in the world. I’m either sitting with her until she’s completely ready to get up and w… https://t.co/ohhpQxkMS3— Erynn Brook (@Erynn Brook)1554401702.0
She just needs to make it up the stairs. She says her condo is right outside the exit. Offer to walk her up the sta… https://t.co/Aaxz4meNWy— Erynn Brook (@Erynn Brook)1554401812.0
We get to the barrier and I say. “I’d like to walk you to your building door if you’ll let me.” She protests again,… https://t.co/iqHZMXTUzU— Erynn Brook (@Erynn Brook)1554401937.0
She tells me that one of her seizures yesterday happened at the gym. THE GYM! I don’t even go to the gym and I have… https://t.co/QyX5Q2WDIS— Erynn Brook (@Erynn Brook)1554402191.0
I walk her to her building door and open it for her. She says “thank you for staying with me and getting me home sa… https://t.co/TwqibpJ6XH— Erynn Brook (@Erynn Brook)1554402310.0
This brought up many feelings about the ways in which we interact with each other, and what few defense mechanisms this girl had.
I have so many feelings. And they keep coming back to that scarf. That’s the image I see. How it was pre-folded bef… https://t.co/stPIyoRqHL— Erynn Brook (@Erynn Brook)1554402446.0
She was fully prepared to go it alone. I didn’t help her, not really. My job was to make sure that no one interrupt… https://t.co/Z3P1kTNQKI— Erynn Brook (@Erynn Brook)1554402511.0
She called us to action.
It’s not a story about me being a good person. It’s not a story about how brave she is (though she clearly is), it’… https://t.co/ttvbCudtQw— Erynn Brook (@Erynn Brook)1554403030.0
We’re taught to call 911 when something looks bad and we don’t know what it is. And if I hadn’t heard her, if she d… https://t.co/i5RA76ciSI— Erynn Brook (@Erynn Brook)1554403172.0
And this girl who’s just trying to go home because this is her daily life, would’ve been burdened with loud noises… https://t.co/faWMxDGmkY— Erynn Brook (@Erynn Brook)1554403227.0
This girl has seizures more reliably than I eat breakfast. And she’s just out there living her life as best she c… https://t.co/mkHeT5wAQ5— Erynn Brook (@Erynn Brook)1554404264.0
Before addressing larger and more systemic issues.
[cn/tw: assault] There is no policy or program structure that addresses the high rates of assault for disabled fo… https://t.co/Mjgx0XIgXM— Erynn Brook (@Erynn Brook)1554404838.0
We built a world where an 18 year old who gets seizures 1-4 times a day, is taking the subway home, alone, and she… https://t.co/08opRK8XKQ— Erynn Brook (@Erynn Brook)1554405670.0
We built a world where I could hit an emergency alarm button and walk off at my stop, feeling like I just saved thi… https://t.co/tCwLIVedsT— Erynn Brook (@Erynn Brook)1554405932.0
Don’t get me wrong, emergency services are great and we should use them when we need to. That’s not the point of th… https://t.co/7zuYDh1mwg— Erynn Brook (@Erynn Brook)1554406100.0
“She looks nice.” It took maybe 30 minutes out of my day to make sure she got home. And she didn’t need me at all… https://t.co/WmoZzbIN4u— Erynn Brook (@Erynn Brook)1554406369.0
She noted the difference between accommodating someone and truly helping them.
Accommodation is the bare minimum. If I sat with her until my stop and then left, that’s what accommodation looks l… https://t.co/PHIKjjTDop— Erynn Brook (@Erynn Brook)1554406584.0
Many people's hearts were warmed.
@ErynnBrook Thank you for being there. ♥️— prettycrabby (@prettycrabby)1554426058.0
@ErynnBrook Thank you so much for the reminder that compassion can build bridges and touch lives in ways that money… https://t.co/SrpmACESMC— Jeff Bray (@Jeff Bray)1554425828.0
@ErynnBrook I’m glad she found a safe person in you.— Sharon Villagomez (@Sharon Villagomez)1554427047.0
@ErynnBrook Thank you for writing this. Thank you for helping.— Jane Worley (@Jane Worley)1554430747.0
This is how you show up for people.
This past Thursday, comedian Hasan Minhaj stopped by Ellen to speak with the titular host, Ellen DeGeneres.
Seconds into the interview, DeGeneres mispronounces his name.
In all likelihood, most of us have been mispronouncing his name for quite some time. She says HaSAN MinHAJ, stressing the second syllable in his first and last name.
Minhaj decided to clear things up once and for all, and explain that his name is in fact HAsan MINhaj, stressing the first syllable of his first and last name.
A video of the interchange can be seen below.
Hasan Minhaj Uses Timothée Chalamet's Name at Starbucks www.youtube.com
Minhaj made the good point that if people learned how to say actor Ansel Elgort's name correctly, they could learn how to say his correctly. He also joked that he sometimes gives Timothée Chalamet's name at Starbucks, figuring it'll be easier for the baristas.
Minhaj's parents were in the audience to cheer him on, which made the discussion of Minhaj's name all the more special and important.
@TheEllenShow @hasanminhaj Same same Hasan— Fahma🧞♀️Muse🧞♀️ (@Fahma🧞♀️Muse🧞♀️)1554400914.0
Having been called "Taja" more times than I care to remember, I can relate to the point @hasanminhaj makes about th… https://t.co/2OeWE0dyvF— Mohammad A. Taha (@Mohammad A. Taha)1554666083.0
@hasanminhaj same pain here bro... They pronounce my name horribly... Sometime its so annoying that, I turn back an… https://t.co/pg9V30ezYb— Hashib (@Hashib)1554507370.0
Many were impressed by his choice to take the moment to explain it.
@pronounced_ing @hasanminhaj Hasan's insistence on correct pronunciation was astounding to see - especially on such… https://t.co/w5QFeH5MK6— Selina Huynh (@Selina Huynh)1554535639.0
@hasanminhaj Yes! Correct pronunciation is everything! I’m so glad you made this distinction in the proper way to say your name. 👏🏼👏🏼— ساره ياسمين (@ساره ياسمين)1554479262.0
@pronounced_ing @hasanminhaj that’s great @pronounced_ing @hasanminhaj. i always ask people how to properly pronou… https://t.co/p3ePKhnWn8— Shaunt Yemenjian (@Shaunt Yemenjian)1554575652.0
People's names are important.
Thank you Hasan Minhaj for the correction!
A 28-year-old shooter took the lives of 50 people and injured 50 more at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. The violent assault was a hate crime directed at New Zealand's Muslim community.
Tributes have poured in from all over the world.
On Sunday, a group of Māori bikers decided to pay tribute to the victims with a traditional Haka.
Members of Māori community perform #Haka in tribute to those murdered in #Christchurch. https://t.co/YjhqdWtSHx— Hassan Ghani (@Hassan Ghani)1552807584.0
The Māori are indigenous to New Zealand and make up the second largest ethnic group in the country. The Haka is a ceremony involving chants, movements and facial expressions that is performed at special events, including funerals.
New Zealand's cabinet will meet on Monday to discuss stricter gun control regulations. The United States should take note.
People were touched by the Māori tribute.
@hassan_ghani @rcp123456 This more than anything shows the beautiful nature of New Zealand, standing strong & resil… https://t.co/tdcSTqKe7p— Jessie's diets (@Jessie's diets)1552811893.0
@hassan_ghani @bairdjulia Love and respect from the bikers of NZ. The Haka is so powerful it speaks to us all.— Jill Walker (@Jill Walker)1552826141.0
@hassan_ghani Thank you for including his opening remarks. This is so powerful! I can't stop crying!— MajimeKoala (@MajimeKoala)1552839299.0
@hassan_ghani Watching this touched me in such a profound way. The beauty of this tribute has brought me to tears.… https://t.co/MNVL53iihz— Heidi Katherine (@Heidi Katherine)1552835246.0
Many sent their love and respect to the Māori.
@hassan_ghani Honour and Respect.— Skoti Adams (@Skoti Adams)1552867297.0
@hassan_ghani This is beautiful! ❤️ I have so much love and respect for them.— Adela Setara (@Adela Setara)1552837368.0
@hassan_ghani Respect to the beautiful Maori people I can call family! ❣️❣️❣️— Melanie PurvisFoleti (@Melanie PurvisFoleti)1552873480.0
Our hearts are with New Zealand.
Mark Hamill's Response To Impatient Fans Asking About The 'Episode IX' Trailer Is A Total Groan-Worthy Dad Joke
Ever since the eighth installment in the Star Wars franchise, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, opened in movie theaters in 2017, fans have wondered when the trailer for the ninth and final installment was going to drop.
Many have taken to Twitter to ask the franchise's original star, Mark Hamill. On Saturday, Hamill decided to oblige... sort of.
People keep asking me over & over & over again- "When will they release the #EpisodeIX trailer?" A) I don't know. B… https://t.co/nyfCh2d5r0— Mark Hamill (@Mark Hamill)1552758234.0
Unfortunately, he obliged with an epic dad joke. Yes. He showed us a Star Wars trailer. His trailer to be exact.
This is expert level trolling. The final installment in the "Skywalker Saga" is set to hit theaters in December of this year.
Many hope that the trailer will drop around April 11th, which is the beginning of the Star Wars Celebration Convention. At this convention, Disney also plans to unveil a detailed look at the Star Wars Galaxy's Edge ride that is going to be rolled out in Disney parks starting in May.
People were unamused by Hamill's troll.
@HamillHimself MARK. https://t.co/JdZbTrXpB7— skullsinthestars (@skullsinthestars)1552758332.0
@HamillHimself https://t.co/wpGS4Ssz5G— Richard Shoptaw (@Richard Shoptaw)1552772631.0
Though some were here for it.
@HamillHimself https://t.co/NCss85fVs7— Tobi-Wan Kenobi🔜#EpisodeIX (@Tobi-Wan Kenobi🔜#EpisodeIX)1552765879.0
@HamillHimself Master Hamster made me chuckle 😂— Loulou Carter (@Loulou Carter)1552783081.0
@HamillHimself ... You clever son of a 🐩— Dru Viergever (@Dru Viergever)1552759556.0
@HamillHimself Brilliant wit— JOHN EDWARD 🔦 (@JOHN EDWARD 🔦)1552758524.0
@HamillHimself Hahahah!! That is one fantastic and engaging trailer!— Laura (@Laura)1552758338.0
And many read a little too far into this photo and previous details in an effort to figure out what was going on.
@HamillHimself Anything you say, Space Dad.— Emily (@Emily)1552758375.0
@HamillHimself I mean... #TheLastJedi trailer dropped at @SW_Celebration in Orlando. The next one is in Chicago in… https://t.co/FVUC3kK6IA— Chasing Geekdom (@Chasing Geekdom)1552760756.0
@HamillHimself Me trying to find any hidden message in the picture... https://t.co/JZVlc7EsZI— ByKary Z (@ByKary Z)1552758698.0
We're all going to have to be patient.
Beloved actor Luke Perry passed away suddenly at the young age of 52 this past week. Most recently, he was starring in Riverdale; however Perry first came to prominence thanks to Beverly Hills, 90210.
Perry suffered a massive stroke and passed a few days later.
A statement from Perry's publicist read...
"He was surrounded by his children Jack and Sophie, fiancé Wendy Madison Bauer, ex-wife Minnie Sharp, mother Ann Bennett, step-father Steve Bennett, brother Tom Perry, sister Amy Coder, and other close family and friends. The family appreciates the outpouring of support and prayers that have been extended to Luke from around the world, and respectfully request privacy in this time of great mourning. No further details will be released at this time,"
Tributes poured in from all over the entertainment industry, from friends and family alike. However, there was one person that those who grew up watching Luke Perry hoped to hear from.
On Wednesday, one of his closest friends, Beverly Hills, 90210 co-star Jason Priestley, posted this heartbreaking memorial to Perry.
He starts with these beautiful words about his friend.
"It's taken me a couple of days to figure out how to write this... My dear friend of 29 years, Luke Perry, was one of those truly special people who really cared... Luke was not only a star, he was an incredibly bright light that was extinguished far too soon..."
Before ending with this personal note.
"and that is why I, and so many others, are in so much pain today... If you had the good fortune to know Luke, or to have ever crossed his path, I know you are sad today as well... the candle that burns twice as bright only burns for half as long... you burned oh, so brightly Luke... Goodnight Sweet Prince."
People were moved.
I had been waiting for and kind of dreading Jason Priestley's response to Luke Perry's death only because I knew he… https://t.co/nVzQAeyS7V— 𝚂𝚝𝚊𝚌𝚎 𝙾𝚍𝚍𝚒𝚝𝚢 (@𝚂𝚝𝚊𝚌𝚎 𝙾𝚍𝚍𝚒𝚝𝚢)1551960802.0
@Jason_Priestley I'm so deeply sorry for your loss, Jason. The friendship between Brandon and Dylan was always one… https://t.co/bdUthvj5Ss— Lori LaBianca (@Lori LaBianca)1551973050.0
@Jason_Priestley He was so so wonderful. 😭😭💔💔 I still have not accepted this. When I told him what a fan I was of 9… https://t.co/THBmy2qptu— cheerioo (@cheerioo)1551959311.0
Many expressed how much the friendship between Priestley and Perry's 90210 characters Brandon Walsh and Dylan McKay.
@Jason_Priestley ❤💔 https://t.co/ZoooB0SSL1— Clueless (@Clueless)1551975918.0
@Jason_Priestley He will be missed forever! #RIPLukePerry https://t.co/J3TJyLOEay— Samantha Whittington (@Samantha Whittington)1551964983.0
@Jason_Priestley 😘 Dylan & Brandon 💓 i miss Luke so damn much..its hurts!!#LukePerry #BeverlyHills90210… https://t.co/WQrHp8g3Mm— RiP my👼LukePerry🙏😭💔 (@RiP my👼LukePerry🙏😭💔)1551949839.0
@Jason_Priestley You where either #teamdylan or #teambrandon growing up. I like to think I was both. Luke will be m… https://t.co/kZL7KNKfE8— melissa (@melissa)1551950295.0
Our hearts are with Luke Perry's family.