In St. Petersburg, Florida, Al Nixon, has been showing up to the same bench with his fedora hat in St. Pete's Vinoy Park to watch the sunrise. He shares a hello, a smile, and a wave with passersby's on the boardwalk hour after hour and day after day. Those who stop strike up a conversation and share a little bit of their life with all.
On one particular morning, a complete stranger came up and told Al something he’ll never forget:
I know, when I see you sitting there, that everything is going to be alright.
After this encounter, Al discovered his why for being there and began to show up 7 days a week:
For the first time, I knew there was more of a purpose to me being out here than just soothing my own woes. ... We have an impact on other people, unwittingly, and I’m sure it can be both good or bad.