“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou
I just spent three weeks in hospital for my mental health. I talked quite a bit with the student nurse while in there (we even played badminton together). We were the same age and he shared little bits about his own life with me. I told him about a friend I used to have who was in hospital like me. I’d visit this friend every week and brought him a big container of rainbow jellybeans. This friend then stopped talking to me. I was upset that these kind of things keep happening. This lovely nurse must have felt my sadness. He went out and bought ME a box of rainbow jellybeans and a jellybean machine. He gave it to me when I was discharged, along with this beautiful card. He said he wanted to give me the closure I hadn’t had in other relationships.
I will never forget this nurse and what he did for me. I miss him and felt a tinge of sadness when a sci fi movie was advertised on YouTube yesterday. It reminded me of him as he introduced me to a space movie called Europa Report while I was in the hospital. The world is a frightening place. I was struggling to drive home the other night as many of the cars I passed had their high beams on. I was ostracised throughout school. This nurse restored my faith in people. I must remember him when the whole world seems against me and I want out. He gave me this gift and expected nothing in return.