I was on my way to a job interview last week, going up the escalator stairs at Lougheed station and humming a random song in my head. I got to the top of the escalator and saw a girl sitting on the platform bench. She briefly glanced up at me before looking back down at her device. Then suddenly this blur of man inserted himself into her space with a shove so hard it nearly knocked her off the bench!
I’m very sensitive to other people’s energy, and the push was most definitely angry. Because of the emotion I felt, what I just witnessed, the fact that I had just arrived and didn’t know what had happened before I got there, I assumed they were a couple in a fight.
That they knew each other intimately was my initial assumption. That theory was quickly disproved when I saw the look of utter shock on her face directly after his body made impact. She regained composure while eyeing the two of us. Perhaps, she and I had made the same poor assumptions of each other: that we were each somehow tied in with the offender.
I feared he would continue to be aggressive, but he started to walk away. Then I became furious about what I had just witnessed, and so I reacted by yelling at the attacker “Hey asshole, that’s not cool!” Now several feet away, he responded by pointing at me and yelling gibberish.
Seconds after all that, the skytrain arrived, doors opened. Though people were coming and going, I don’t believe anyone saw what happened, not even the woman who it had happened to. I was the only person who saw it.
I was flabbergasted that this woman is not acknowledging me or anything else that happened. As we both boarded the skytrain, she looked like she wanted to disappear into the wall ads, floor and lighting. It was at that point that I considered maybe a language barrier could be the reason why she wasn’t speaking up.
I explained what I just witnessed to the first person I saw on the train, who was a man in a bus driver uniform. He looked barely interested shrugged and reponded, “Go get a skytrain worker”.
I looked around, and there was very obviously no skytrain attendants in sight.
That’s when I noticed the yellow strip on the skytrain, which I pressed (but nothing happened). Then below I saw the text number, and remembered the ads
“If you see something, say something.”
I knew it was my time to say something. The man was out there, a danger to others and himself.
That text number was a lifeline. The police responded immediately, and after getting a description of the guy, they found him within a few minutes!
Seriously people, if no one in real time cares, please Text 87-77-77.
This experience made me realize that we need to stand up for each other. As a massage practitioner and healer, I want to assist women to connect with their own vitality. When we take the time to take care of ourselves, and we begin to realize our self worth, then we stand up for ourselves more often. By feeling good and raising our vibration, we can then tap into our inner strength, realize our own power and help others on our path.
P.S. I kicked ass at the interview and got the job.