A teenager went to a park to shoot a vlog but was furious when he saw an elderly lady sitting on a bench. “Get lost!” he yelled at her, unaware that she would soon change his perspective on life.
“Oh, no!” Jack said while looking at the likes and comments on his recent TikTok video. “Why aren’t people reacting to my content like they used to?”
At 19, Jack was a strong and muscular young man addicted to the gym. He loved recording exercise videos and posting them on his TikTok account. Initially, his vlogging career flourished when one of his videos went viral, but his posts’ reach soon decreased.
Jack couldn’t understand why people had stopped sharing and liking his videos. Some people even unfollowed him, much to the teenager’s frustration. He had been working hard to film videos, but the results didn’t motivate him to post more.
When Jack shared his worries with a friend, he realized he should try changing the location of his videos. “Maybe my audience is tired of watching me work out in the gym,” he thought.
While considering a new location, Jack realized he could film vlogs in the neighborhood park. He visited it the following day and began filming while walking on the track. “Hi, guys! How about we shake things up a little? I’m going to work out in the park today!” he exclaimed, looking into the camera lens.
“Let’s look for a good spot to warm up,” he said as he walked towards a bench. He could see an elderly lady sitting on it, but he thought that bench was the perfect place to film his vlog because of the light.
He put his tripod stand on the bench and set the camera, but he felt like he needed the full bench. He wanted to place his camera where the lady sat, so he instructed her to go. He tried to gesture to her to move, but the woman didn’t seem to understand.
“Get out of my way!” he yelled. “Can’t you see I’m filming a video?”
His tone reeked of arrogance, but the old lady didn’t argue. She looked at him from head to toe and walked towards another bench, thinking he didn’t have to be so rude to her.
A few hours later, Jack opened his eyes and found himself inside a hospital room.
Meanwhile, Jack set his camera up, pressed the record button, and waved at his followers. Just then, an unexpected incident changed the teenager’s life forever.
He looked into the camera lens when a cyclist accidentally bumped into him. The impact of the cycle made Jack land on the ground, and his head almost hit the bench.
Instead of helping Jack get up, the frightened cyclist quickly picked up his bicycle and left. Meanwhile, Jack cried in pain, unable to move his body. He tried to get up, but his heart skipped a beat when he realized he didn’t have the strength to stand up. He collapsed on the ground, screaming for help.
A few moments later, the lady he had shoved off the park bench walked towards him and bent down to see what had happened.
“Oh my God!” she gasped. “You’re injured. Let me help you, son.”
Jack was shocked that the woman he had yelled at was now worried for him. She brought her water bottle to clean his wounds and called an ambulance when she realized he needed immediate medical attention.
A few hours later, Jack opened his eyes and found himself inside a hospital room. He couldn’t recall what had happened after the lady called 911. However, when he looked around, he found her sitting on the sofa across from his bed.
“Thank you for helping me,” he said in a shaky voice. “What’s your name?”
“I’m Mrs. Fletcher,” the old woman said.
“Just close your eyes and sleep, son.”
Before Jack could respond, he felt his eyes close and fell asleep because the doctor had given him sleeping pills.
A few days later, Jack was allowed to go home after the doctors treated him. While sitting in the cab, he realized that his TikTok career had affected his relationship with everyone. He believed it had made him arrogant, and he was rude to Mrs. Fletcher because of his feeling of pride.
Since he always wanted to film videos at school and parties, his friends stopped talking to him because they thought he was invading their privacy. They never wanted to be around him, leaving Jack with a minimal social circle.
Unlike other boys, the teenager had no friends. His family was also fed up with his annoying habit of filming videos. He was always glued to his phone during family dinners―something that his parents didn’t like. Since Jack had stopped listening to his parents, they asked him to leave the house, forcing him to live elsewhere and work.
On his way home, it hit him hard that the TikTok followers he cared about never came to help him when they saw him fall in the park. It was Mrs. Fletcher who helped him despite his rude behavior. He thought he should see her and thank her for her kindness.
Jack visited the park a few days later, hoping to find Mrs. Fletcher there. He went there in the evening and walked towards the same bench but couldn’t find her anywhere.
“I’ll try again tomorrow,” he thought and went home. He visited the park for several days but never found the elderly lady there. Jack thought this was odd because people usually visit the park regularly.
“Where could I find her?” he thought.
Jack was desperate to meet her because he believed what she did for him was extraordinary. Neither his friends nor his family came to see him at the hospital except Mrs. Fletcher, and Jack thought that was very kind of her.
Then it hit him: Since Mrs. Fletcher was an old lady, she must have been living somewhere near the park. Jack left the park and visited a nearby flower shop to buy fresh roses for her. Then, he walked towards the neighborhood and knocked door after door, asking if Mrs. Fletcher lived there.
Exhausted, Jack knocked on the 11th door, but he had lost all hope of finding the elderly lady. He stood there with his hands folded behind his back and his shoulders hunched forward.
“Hi!” a girl in a wheelchair opened the door.
“Hi! Is this Mrs. Fletcher’s house?” Jack repeated the same sentence for the eleventh time.
“Yes, it is,” the girl replied. “But she can’t come to the door because she twisted her ankle a few days ago.”
“She lives here?” Jack couldn’t believe he had finally found the woman he was desperate to meet. “I’m Jack. I’m a…friend of hers. Can I come in?”
“Jack…from the park? Sure!” the girl said, gesturing for him to enter the house.
“Look who’s here, Grandma!” the girl chirped upon entering Mrs. Fletcher’s room. The elderly lady was shocked to see Jack standing inside her room.
“Oh, you?” she asked.
“Yes, it’s me, Jack,” the teenager walked towards Mrs. Fletcher’s bed and apologized for what he had done.
“I’m sorry for being so rude to you, Mrs. Fletcher,” he said while giving her the flowers. “The flowers are not as fresh as they were because it took me a long time to find you. I hope you will still accept them as a token of my apology. I’m really sorry for mistreating you. I shouldn’t have humiliated you in the park that day.”
“It’s okay, Jack,” Mrs. Fletcher took the flowers from him and smelled them. “They are lovely! Thank you, son.”
Then, she turned towards her granddaughter and introduced her to Jack. “This is Zara, my late son’s daughter,” Mrs. Fletcher said. “She lost her parents in a car crash and later met an accident that left her wheelchair-bound.”
“Oh, I’m so sorry to hear that,” Jack said while looking at the teenage girl.
“Can you imagine she was a gymnast?” Mrs. Fletcher asked Jack.
“Really? That’s impressive!” he replied.
Then, Mrs. Fletcher asked Zara to make tea for everyone. Once Zara left the room, Mrs. Fletcher told Jack how worried she was for her granddaughter.
“She never leaves the house, Jack,” Mrs. Fletcher shook her head in disappointment. “I want her to make friends and talk to new people, but I think she feels shy because of her wheelchair.”
A few minutes later, Zara returned with tea for everyone. Then, she parked her wheelchair beside her grandmother’s bed and listened to what she told Jack.
“She had the chance to consult a rehabilitation specialist after her injury, but I didn’t have money at that time,” Mrs. Fletcher said.
“Oh, please, Grandma!” Zara protested. “Don’t blame yourself for what happened. I am fine in this wheelchair, okay?”
“Jack, I even tried helping her walk a few days ago, but it didn’t work,” the elderly lady said. “I twisted my ankle and fell. I feel so bad.”
“Oh, Mrs. Fletcher,” Jack held her hand. “You don’t have to worry about anything, okay? Everything will fall into place eventually.”
“He’s right, Grandma,” Zara said. “Please don’t beat yourself up over it!”
A few minutes later, Jack left Mrs. Fletcher’s house after asking her if he could come again the next day.
“Sure, Jack,” the old lady smiled. “You can visit us any day!”
After spending about an hour with Mrs. Fletcher and Zara, Jack realized how important it was to communicate with people in real life. It made him understand that making friends on social media was not as good as in real life. The experience made him value his relationships.
He didn’t realize that getting so close to a girl his age would make him fall in love with her.
The next day, he visited Mrs. Fletcher’s house with a plan. Since he wanted to redeem himself before her, he decided to teach Zara to walk again.
When he told Mrs. Fletcher he knew how rehabilitation worked, she happily allowed him to teach Zara how to walk. Jack also recorded videos and uploaded them on TikTok to show his followers how rehabilitation works. However, he didn’t realize that getting so close to a girl his age would make him fall in love with her.
Soon, his followers posted comments under his videos, saying they felt Zara and Jack liked each other.
“You guys look so good together!” one comment read.
“I think you should date this girl, Jack,” another follower said.
Soon, Jack’s TikTok account gained a lot of new followers, and his videos went viral. Netizens couldn’t help but adore the videos he posted with Zara.
Since thousands of people shared his videos, they eventually reached Jack’s parents, who were shocked to see a positive change in their son. They never thought Jack’s obsession could actually help someone.
One day, Jack’s phone rang, and he was surprised to see his mother’s name on the screen. The last time he heard her voice was months ago, so he quickly answered the call.
“Hi, Mom!” he said excitedly.
His mother told him she had seen his TikTok videos and wanted to meet him. “Your father also wanted to see you, Jack. When can you visit us?”
“Mom, I can’t come home until I help Zara walk again,” he replied. “It will take some time, but I promise I will see you both soon.”
A few weeks later, Jack started volunteering at an organization and posted videos on TikTok. He loved how people reacted to his kindness and the satisfaction he felt after helping others.
Jack knocked at his parents’ door three months later, with Zara standing by his side. He told them they were engaged and invited them to his wedding.
“We’re so proud of you, son!” his parents said. “We are so glad Zara helped you change for the better.”
What can we learn from this story?
Arrogance leads to loneliness. Before meeting Mrs. Fletcher, Jack was an arrogant teenager who only cared about himself. His selfishness had ruined his relationship with his friends and family and would have ultimately made him lonely.
Some unexpected encounters teach you big lessons. Fate brought Jack to the park to meet Mrs. Fletcher because he needed someone to change his perspective. She inspired him to be kind and helped him become a better person.
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