Life is busy, especially in the city that never sleeps. New York City is known for its constant sense of urgency, especially when it comes to public transportation. One expecting mother revealed that sometimes it's a good idea to slow down and be courteous to one another, and she thanks one man for his kindness in the cutest way possible!
Whether it be getting to that important meeting or getting to a dinner date on time, the world is always trying to stay on schedule. This sometimes results in a lack of friendliness and kindness towards each other, and we don't even realize it.
You can't catch a cab or board the subway without bumping into a few people, and grabbing a seat on a rush hour subway car? You might as well forget about it. This prompted one pregnant woman to conduct a social experiment during her second pregnancy.
Yvonne Lin, a 38-year-old designer living in New York, spent a lot of her time traveling on the subway. She was visibly pregnant, but no man ever gave up their seat to her so she could sit comfortably. She decided to up to ante by carrying something to reward the first man that let her sit down.
Lin started to carry around a seven-inch trophy to gift to the first man that gave up his seat for her. The trophy has of the Incredible Hulk, and the plaque below reads, "#1 DECENT DUDE. The first man to offer subway seat to the pregnant woman throughout Two Pregnancies."
Lin carried the trophy in her work backpack every day in hopes of gifting it. She dressed so that it was obvious she was pregnant, and it wasn't until her ride home a few weeks ago that someone won the prize.
Lin states that he was playing on his smartphone and glanced up to see her right in front of him. He quickly got up and seemed embarrassed that she was standing there. He didn't hesitate to give Lin his seat.
She didn't catch his name, but she was able to capture a picture of him with his new statue. Her social experiment had finally come to completion almost nine months into her second pregnancy.
He told Lin that he is the father of two children, which explains why he was quick to give his seat up for a pregnant woman. He obviously knows that pregnancy is tough enough, and searching for a place to sit shouldn't be an issue.
Many women gave up their seat to her, but it took almost two entire pregnancies for a man to give up his seat. Lin hopes that people will be more receptive to what is going on around them and take the time to be kind and helpful.
Whether it be giving your seat up on the subway or helping someone elderly cross the street, you can always make a positive impact on someone's day. Pay it forward!