There’s nothing like deadlines, a week-long vomiting bug and other commitments to make one feel like absolute crap. I nearly always try to stay days or weeks ahead of deadlines so a few weekends ago was hectic trying to get work done ahead of the almost week-long Web Summit.
On Sunday evening I was stuck standing on a crowded train from Killarney to Cork, even though I had booked seats. I was so tired and pissed off that when I got into Kent station I ordered a Hailo. I couldn’t wait in the rain for a bus that might never show up after not being well for the previous week.
The driver arrived and my girlfriend and I hurdle our bags into the car and I couldn’t wait to get home and recharge physically and mentally. I was far from being in a good mood.
Then my driver, Ayuk, started talking:
Ayuk: So Shane, what are you doing in Cork.
Me: I’m studying BIS, basically business and computing in UCC.
Ayuk: That is incredible man, you are so lucky and will be become extremely wealthy.
Me: Yep, that’s the plan but we’ll see how it goes.
Ayuk: And who is this beautiful lady?
Aoife: I’m Aoife. I’m his girlfriend.
He asks a few high level questions about where and when we met.
Ayuk: Wow, you two are fantastic. Shane you are so lucky and you must promise that I can be the driver at your wedding.
At this stage I was really starting to lighten and brighten up. His high energy enthusiasm was just the right tone to get to me. His outside opinion, although he only knew me for minutes, was a great reality check and made me grateful for what I had.
I really enjoyed talking to him about how he came to Cork from Cameron and his beautiful Irish wife.
Even when I tried to lower the tone by contrasting the weather in Cork to the weather in Cameron he quickly answered me.
Ayuk: I love the Cork weather, it’s brilliant.
Me: Why? (I was sceptical now, thinking that he may actually be be taking some kind of medication if he loved the Irish weather)
Ayuk: Ah man, the rain is great for business!
I started laughing and went on to have one of my best weeks in a long time. It’s incredible what affect one person can have on you. Ayuk re-energised me for the week ahead.