#BEDN: Happy World Kindness Day!
Guys! Do you know what today is?! Well, yes, it is Friday the 13th but they've always been really magical days for me so whatevz. Yes, it is Children in Need but that's not what I want to talk about today. Give up?
It's World Kindness Day! (as you may have guessed by the title...!) Nope, I didn't know either until the lovely, Elizabeth included it as the prompt for today's Blog Everyday in November (which I can't believe I've managed to keep up for almost two weeks!) - but what a lovely day to celebrate!
I love doing random acts of kindness, they make me feel all fuzzy inside and I know how much it can mean to someone if they've been having a pants day. For example, the other day on the rainy train home, a lady about my age (which is weird because I don't think of myself as a lady but whatevz) leant over and from a different row of seats to tell me she'd finished with her magazine and would I like to read it? It was a really simple thing but it made my day and I couldn't stop smiling for the rest of the day!
When I was an awkward, nerdy teenager, I once wrote a note to a bus driver to thank her for her safe and thoughtful driving, for making sure people had sat down before speeding off (man do I hate that!) and to wish her a good day. I gave it to her as I left so I have no idea what she thought - she was potentially a little confused and freaked out actually...
Earlier this year, when we went to Summer in the City, I decided to pay for the Subway of the girl behind me in the queue. She was technically in front but they got the subs out in the wrong order so she kindly let me go in front so I decided I would pay the whole £5 for her lunch and she seemed pretty happy. It felt nice to do a nice thing and although I complain about "never having any money", that's rubbish really. There was a time when I really didn't have money. In fact, I had several hundreds of pounds worth of debt and could only afford to eat every other day. So really, although I'm not rolling in it now, I can afford to live (& eat regularly) so it's not a big deal.
Why not leave notes in a library book or buy flowers for someone for no reason? Send a nice message to someone you haven't spoke to in a while or buy a coffee for a person on the street.
It feels so nice to be nice and do kind things - probably even nicer than having kindness delivered to you (that's what you do right? Deliver kindness?) so even if that is the reason you do it, for your own happiness, that's fine. Spread a little kindness, just because!