“Good Thing You’re OK. Now You Have to Cure Cancer. Those are the Rules”

On 1 August 2013, alida-dear posted this on Reddit to thank a man who saved her life:

“I thank you. The adrenaline is still pushing through my veins. I always, always look both ways before crossing the street and today was no different. I pride myself in being conscious and aware when I walk downtown, but today was not cautious enough.

“I keep thinking that this could have been my last morning. How did I spend it? By being a brat. I was cross with my significant other over something trivial as he rushed out the door to work. I humored one of my usual ‘bus friends’ by being cordial and hearing about his weekend, but I secretly kept thinking to myself that I’d rather be reading. And then came my stop and I exited the bus.

“I crossed the street and stood on the sidewalk waiting for the next walk signal. I untangled my headphones, placed the earbuds in my ears and grinned as David Bowie’s voice filled my head. Then I saw the crosswalk signal. I looked left. I looked right. I stepped off the curb and began my daily ritual of power walking to my office, but was interrupted by a hard yank on my right arm. I looked up at my attacker with confusion. And then the bus went rumbling past from my left.

“I should have been more careful. I thanked you and you smiled and walked away. I started walking to work and couldn’t control my emotions and my eyes welled up. I don’t think anyone has ever saved my life before.

“So, kind sir, I just wanted to say thank you. I will try to live my life better than I have been.”

Redditor GoldandBlue commented, “It’s funny because I bet he doesn’t think much [about] it. He was probably just helping a careless (at the time) person out. I hope he reads this. I just saw LA Weekly tweeted this story so hopefully the good samaritan realizes the effect he had on someone.

“Good thing you’re OK. Now you have to cure cancer. Those are the rules.”

For Further information: alida-dear, “To the man that saved my life this morning…” Reddit. 1 August 2013


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