Although it may seem like the world is ready to end, there are some really good things happening if you know where to look. In this case, a young man recently graduated from college and sent his graduation photos to the wrong number. Normally such an exchange would be something like “who is this?” or “wrong number”, but in this case, there was only kindness.
Justin Campbell, the college graduate at hand, received a wonderful, uplifting reply from the stranger he sent his graduation pictures to. The stranger wound up being a real estate agent named Roger Hawkins, an easy going father of three who moonlights as a punk rock singer every now and again
Hawkins responded to the text message with a selfie of his own, some encouraging words, and a personal iTunes playlist. Campbell, in typical 2017 action, took to Twitter to share the encounter which garnered thousands of retweets and likes within just a few hours. Hawkins’ response definitely put a smile on Campbell’s face and probably made a really happy day even more exciting.
Campbell did make a small mistake when posting the screenshots though, Turns out he actually forgot to block out Hawkins’ number, therefore, leading to a flood of text messages from strangers to Hawkin’s phone. Luckily Hawkins is pretty relaxed and doesn’t mind the influx.
All sorts of messages have come through to Hawkins since the original viral tweet. Many have sent him selfies and personal messages telling him how awesome he is as a person. Hawkins always does his best to respond to these kinds of messages, wanting everyone to get the same encouragement and funny interaction that Campbell got.
Many of the photos Hawkins has received are from other new graduates hoping for encouraging words of their own for whatever the reason may be. “I had a kid reach out to be from Nigeria and another from the Netherlands,” Hawkins told ABC Columbia. “It’s been really incredible.”
If you’ve ever been curious about ‘paying it forward’ this story here serves as the perfect inspiration to be kind to strangers, as they will be kind to you in return. The smallest act of kindness can really brighten up someone’s day, even if it’s just a few encouraging words from a wrong number.
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