Cristina Tan, Facebook
War. EJK. Riding in tandem. Drugs. Police brutality. Violence. Corruption. These are the most common topics that we see in the mainstream media nowadays that it sometimes makes us think if humanity is still alive or if we still deserve to live in this world.
It's not every day that we get to see a true act of kindness, but because of social media, we are able to hear stories that make us proud to be a human and somehow forget the negativities even just for a short while.
Yesterday, a netizen posted on Facebook about her experience driving a taxi for the first time. It may sound unusual for a woman to drive a cab, but that's not what made her story unique. She inspired a lot of people because of a random act she did for a very old taxi driver who was so tired to continue driving her home. Her name is Cristina Tan and this is her inspiring story.
Cristina Tan, Facebook
According to this kind-hearted passenger, they were already on the road when the driver asked her to find another cab because he was too tired to get her home. Instead of doing what he said, Cristina volunteered to drive for him ‘cause her house was still far from where they stopped and that she was worried it might be dangerous and difficult for her to get out and get another cab at that time.
He refused at first because he thought she didn't know how to drive a manual car. But because of the heavy traffic, she insisted so the old man can rest while they're on the way. When he finally agreed, Cristina took the wheels and the driver immediately fell asleep in the passenger seat.
She woke him up when they arrived at her house and Cristina found out he was already 70 years old and that he started driving a taxi since the Marcos administration.
Her actual post:
"First time ko mag drive ng taxi. Haha
While on the road sabi ni tatay (taxi driver) lipat nalang daw ako dahil hindi nya kaya mag drive sa sobrang antok, sabi ko delikado naman kung baba ako somewhere hindi ko alam kung makakasakay agad ako so i insist ako na ang mag drive dahil malayo pa ang bahay ko from our location at first ayaw niya nahihiya at akala nya hindi ako marunong mag drive ng manual. Pero pinilit ko nalang para maka idlip sya habang traffic. Nung ako na ang nag ddrive nakatulog agad sya at humihilik pa. Habang nasa byahe ang dami pumapara sa taxi tapos nagugulat at natatawa dahil babae ang driver. Anyway, 70yrs old na si tatay sabi nya panahon pa ni marcos taxi driver na sya at puro babae anak kaya naghahanap buhay pa rin till now. Ginising ko nalang si tatay nung nakarating na kami sa bahay ko. Wala lang gusto ko lang i share kasi first time ko."
As of this writing, Cristina's post has already reached 18,825 shares, 188,000 reactions, and 8,478 comments. Let us make her story reach even more!
"In every act of compassion, there is hope. Heroes aren't just found in battles or in a storm." – Yours Truly