I was in a cab and I asked the man driving where he was from. He told me he was from Ethiopia. He said he had just got his citizenship a half hour ago. He felt he needed to explain that he didn't wear what he had on - he changed out of his nice clothes and left them in his wife's car. He said he was a very hard working man but the government there was very bad and he was happy to be here in America where he can have freedom. He said that I was the first person that he told. He said he was very proud to be part of our society. I could tell how extremely happy he was and that he was happy that he brought his family here. Wow, what a wake up call - the things we take for granted. What would it be like for us to have this awful disease in a country like that? What would it be like to be healthy in a country like that? I felt so proud to be the first person outside his family that he shared his news with. This experience has stuck with me and I think it will last for a long time. Especially when I'm feeling sorry for myself.