This image was taken on my first day in Nepal. I arrived late the night before and didn’t have time to exchange my money. I had a ten-hour, traffic-filled bus journey early the next morning. I was jet-lagged and hungry. About halfway through the bus ride, we took a break. I sat down in a shaded, breezy area to cool off. As I sat there exhausted, a shop owner came up to me and asked if I wanted anything to eat or drink. I said, “I have no money, thanks.” He responded, “I didn’t ask if you had money, I asked you if you were hungry.” My expression told him all he needed to know. He left and returned a few minutes later with some mango juice and some snacks. I asked him how much I owed. He smiled and told me that all I needed to do was “Pay it forward.” He said It was Karma. The more good he puts out into the world, the more he is filled with it. His words and actions have stayed with me since this occurred over a year ago. I think that the world would be an even more incredible place if there were more people like that shop owner in it.
Photo and story by @ryaneustice