Today was an opportunity for growth and personal development.
Don’t you just hate days like that?
Being an ever-sentimentalist, I have a very special necklace that I wear every day. Back in Lagos, I accidentally broke the chain while changing. Because the chain links are super tiny, I can’t connect the links back together myself.
I was going to need some professional help.
When I got to Lisbon, I set out to find a jewelry repair shop. And here’s another example of how every day errands prove to be difficult while abroad — I couldn’t find a single repair shop anywhere! After stopping into countless jewelry shops and asking about repairs, I was recommended a small shop close to my hostel.
After talking to the repair clerk for a few minutes, we agreed on 5 euros and that it would be ready for pick up in two days. I informed him that I had a morning train to catch that day, but he reassured me that it would be ready when the store opened at 10am.
You can probably see where this is going …
When I arrived back at the store at precisely 10am, I discovered the shop wasn’t even open. Like it still had the barred fence on it. Very much closed.
My brain went into panic mode.
What was I going to do?? My train was leaving at 11:30am. And I can’t leave without this necklace. That’s not an option. I waited and waited, but the workers to the shop never showed up, and I eventually missed my train. Finally when a worker did show up, I discovered that my necklace wasn’t even fixed yet.
*rams head into wall* Seriously??
They were trying to push me off until late afternoon, but I countered with 1 hour. When I came back, this was on the door:
It translates to “be right back.”
*rams head into wall again*
A half hour later they came back, they gave me my fixed necklace, and I left the store. After that whole ordeal, I treated myself to ice cream.
Moral of the story:
I was really upset this morning. I was so frustrated by the lack of respect and concern to their customer (me), the unreliability, and the overall inconvenience.
But you know what? My necklace got fixed, I got on another train later that afternoon, and I eventually made it to Porto. In the grand scheme of things, it all worked out just the same.
Sometimes I get so upset when things don’t go exactly to plan. I get stressed out and flustered. But I’m learning that that’s life. Things will go awry. Fact. But if you have a flexible attitude towards it, you’ll enjoy the ride a lot more.