Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘Monday Memos’ we are going to talk about a story I read last week on Facebook that I just had to share with y’all. Every day we are constantly bombarded with terrible, often unimaginable crimes that happen in the world. In fact, we have become a culture that in a lot of ways, has become a bit unaffected by disasters. We’re so used to hearing about how dangerous and terrible the world is that it can be difficult to imagine a world where people do nice things just because they want to be nice. As I previously said, I read a story last night about a Starbucks barista that performed a simple small action that really affected a woman. So now let’s get to the story.
On October 20th, 2015 a woman from New Hampshire named Bekah Georgy wrote a piece for themighty.com about a recent trip to Starbucks. Now, this may seem like the beginning of a really boring story, but I promise you it gets really good. In the piece, Bekah explains that she has suffered from Anorexia Nervosa for half of her life. Her anorexia is so bad that she has to wear a feeding tube because she explains that most days the most she can consume is coffee. This is incredibly saddening, and should never get to this extremity. There is many treatment program for adolescent girls suffering from anorexia or any eating disorder, to avoid Bekah’s situation, and to help yourself before your eating disorder gets worse. Bekah also suffers from anxiety and depression and has attempted to commit suicide 5 times. She continues to explain in this post that she was having a particularly bad day, in which her suicidal thoughts were worsening, and she contemplated not even drinking the coffee that she had just bought from Starbucks. Then Bekah saw that the barista at the Starbucks had written the word ‘Smile!!’ on her cup. Bekah explained that this simple word helped her feel better about her day and stopped her from doing any harm to her body that day. I found this story to be really inspiring because we just don’t hear about these stories as often as we should. It really shows that ever little action we take has a more powerful reaction. I’ll link the article Bekah wrote below because I really think y’all should read it. This just shows that sometimes the biggest smiles, hide the deepest scars.