I ran the color run in Buffalo today. Let me tell you about the anti-snowflakes I met there.
They put out a call last week for volunteers for race day - they needed to be at the race site at 6:30 am - and a minimum of 500 people, mostly teens, showed up. There were also a few running coaches, Firemen, Paramedics, Police and Homeland Security. And a Bag Piper who made my day by being there, just because I love bag pipes.
But the kids were the stand-outs. These kids, many of them cross country runners, had gotten up around 5:30 AM on a Saturday morning, to help out. They were enthusiastic, kind and most of all encouraging. They did things like manning the color stations - shouting encouragement while coloring our shirts with dye, others had megaphones and ran along the side lines - again encouraging folks. Near the end when spirits were low and some of the runners/walkers wanted to give up, they offered high fives and calls of "You have this, keep going, you can do it." Putting their all into making the day more enjoyable and encouraging us to meet or goal of finishing the race. For many of the runners it was their first 5K ever, for others like me it was the first time running a race since High School. But the kids - even after 5 or more hours never wavered in their kindness and their encouragement. They stayed till the last person finished.
The kids I spoke to - downplayed what they did when I thanked them for doing it..many of tm telling me that they liked seeing beginners get involved in "their sport" and wanted to do something to encourage them.
Wehear so much about the bad mannered people in the world and here were literally hundreds, doing everything they could to make other's lives more enjoyable and be encouraging.