While the narrative of the “self-made man” is one that’s been pushed a lot over the last few decades, the fact of the matter is that everyone needs a helping hand now and then. Even the world’s most powerful CEO is helpless if his sports car breaks down on a remote country road. There’s no shame in it, and it’s important that we give people the help they need when they need it, because you never know how much it might mean to the person you’re helping.
These 10 Twitter users shared their personal stories about when they were in dire straits and received a helping hand that they haven’t ever forgotten about.
1. “It is never wrong to help someone.”
2. It gets better.
3. Everyone deserves a chance.
4. A little goes a long way…
5. “…more than many will ever know.”
6. “Quite well” ain’t too shabby.
7. Teach your children well.
8. “You can’t teach a hungry child.”
9. Pay it back x 100.
10. Hard work.
This is why it is important to never assume anything about anyone, because you never really know where they’ve been and what they are going through unless you’ve walked in their shoes. And if you know someone is in need, help them out in any way you can. Paying it forward is real.