She is Bekah Georgy from Salem, New Hampshire. If you look at her from the outside, you’ll think she’s just like any other girl her age, happy, bubbly, and full of life. She also loves dogs, ballet dancing, and spending time with her family.
But the truth is, she’s actually just putting up a good show. She has been battling anorexia for more than half of her young life.
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Bekah recalls one particular difficult day when she thought life is just so unfair and suicidal thoughts came rushing to her mind. While in the middle of this struggle, Bekah dropped by a local Starbucks for a cup of iced coffee.
Usually, employees scribble the name of the customer in the coffee cup, but when this particular barista took her order, he decided to write something different. The barista didn’t know how the little gesture had made an impact to Bekah.
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In return, Bekah wrote this message:
You didn’t know me and you didn’t know my story. Most importantly, you probably didn’t know writing the simple word ‘smile’ on my order would change my day for the better. When you look at me, you might assume I’m happy, bubbly, outgoing and full of life. But you don’t really see the complete me. You wouldn’t know that behind this plastered smile is a girl who has broken and fallen to pieces. You wouldn’t know this girl had so much self-hate, she starved herself for over half her young life. Or that she’s tried to end her own life five times.
“I’m guessing you didn’t know these past few weeks, and that day particularly, had been extremely hard. You were just going about your job, unaware that writing a minuscule word on my drink would change my day and possibly my life.
“Maybe you wrote ‘smile’ on my drink because you saw the feeding tube. Or maybe you could see past my fake smile because you’ve been where I am.
“Either way, I’m grateful. You didn’t have to make my order special. You could have treated me like another annoying customer. But you took that extra second to add some positivity to a life that’s been filled with so much negatively lately.
“You see, my day consisted of a horrible doctor’s appointment and a horrible therapy session. I was filled with hopelessness, and my suicidal thoughts were getting worse. When my anorexia is bad sometimes coffee is the only thing I can drink. But I was afraid to consume even coffee that day.
“If I hadn’t encountered that cup, I could have done more damage to myself that night. When I read that word, I couldn’t help but smile, literally.
“A simple act of kindness can mean the world to someone. It can provide hope for the hopeless. Now I plan to pass this hope along.
So, barista, thank you. Thank you for turning my day around.”
Sometimes, it’s the little things that can make the huge difference.