today, i took a leap of faith. i put my trust into the hands of complete strangers. i hitchhiked back up to my last hostel in rotorua, an hour north of my current stay in taupo, to collect a few forgotten belongings. in the beginning, after 20+ cars passed me by, i felt discouraged. i was told it was easy to catch a ride...and then mike came along, welcomed me into his car with a warm smile. within thirty seconds of driving, he offered to show me a spa park, a highlight destination around here, along with a few snacks for the trip — salted cashews, pizza seasoned pretzels (i mean ofc🙄), chocolate covered biscuits (not vegan unfortunately😕) and fresh mints. he drove me the whole way. when i asked where the nearest highways was so i could hitch a ride back, he waited in the car while i grabbed my things, then went out of his way to drop me off at the best location. nerves started to creep in as my thumb waivered in the air again, arm slowly drooping down my side. i was in a more deserted area. just when i started to lose hope again, another mid-fifty year old man, david, brought me halfway back towards taupo. finally, ian carried me home. his generosity surpassed all expectations i held about strangers. he offered to drive me anywhere my heart desired, handed me his card and told me not to be shy, just text. he volunteered spare room free of charge if i ever needed a place to stay and a ride on his jet ski the next day. i could tell by the look in his eyes, the way he spoke and the energy he exuded that he was harmless. entirely selfless.
you are carried, whether you know it or not. trust in this.✨