The lead up to my 25th birthday all I envisioned was a Bridget Jones worthy pity party – I had even booked the day off of work to spare my colleagues from my overly dramatic woes of turning 25.
Thankfully, as the day itself got closer and closer I found myself re-evaluating and ultimately altering my perception of 25 and prevented the much anticipated meltdown.
The problem initially was that I expected so much from myself by the time I was this age. Many would argue that my goals were wholly unrealistic but that’s not the point.
A swift change of focus, to that which I had achieved and was proud of, was all it took to disperse the grey cloud which was so prominently hovering over the looming birthday.
Obviously, the new focus and attitude was having quite the positive, desired effect so I ran with it.
On my birthday eve I decided that I would in fact celebrate and embrace the number 25. After all, it is a fairly dominant number this year; 25 on the 25th.
By way of celebration, the day was to be spent carrying out 25 Random Acts of Kindness – what better way to kill a self loathing attitude than to go out and make people smile. They didn’t have to be particularly extravagant acts but nice ones nonetheless.
As it happened, the day flew by and as it drew to a close only 16 acts had been completed. The task itself was actually rather tough but very enjoyable and wanting to really embrace the spirit of 25, I made the executive decision to remove the deadline and continue with the celebration, after all I was only sitting 9 short.
Just two days later number 25 was completed! Whilst happy, it was also kind of a sad occasion. I had really been enjoying this celebration and didn’t want it to end. Why should it have to end? Each birthday is like a New Year’s Eve for myself where resolutions are made for the upcoming year and this year I will most definitely be continue carrying out random acts of kindness (along with getting good at maths, because I suck at maths!)
For now though, here are the initial 25 completed for my 25th birthday:
1) Took my sister and niece out for breakfast;
2) Gave some money to a busker that actually made me stop and say ‘wow he has a good voice’;
3) Bought my brother in law a coffee on his lunch break;
4) tipped the staff at the coffee shop;
5) made an appointment to give blood (they are so busy so it’s a little way off but yay for all you beautiful people giving blood!);
7) took a friend out for lunch (you can be kind to people you know, the idea isn’t limited to strangers);
8) paid for the car behind on the toll road;
9) Donated some tinned goods and toiletries to the local food bank;
10) Switched my search engine to Ecosia to help plant some trees;
11) let people across the road (little things like this can really perk up someone’s day without them even realising);
12) called up someone I haven’t spoke to in a while just to check in;
13) payed a stranger a compliment;
14) picked up some litter along my dog walk;
15) played the game on FreeRice.com – a United Nations food & education program. For every question answered correctly, rice is donated to feed the hungry.
16) took a friend out for lunch (you can be kind to people you know, the idea isn’t limited to strangers);
17) Donated some dog food;
18) Book drop – those who know me know I am an avid reader. I get the majority of my reads from the library but I still had a few of my own so I donated them to a local book drop;
19) wrote 2 cards to the More Love Letters initiative – such a lovely idea. I even went out to buy some cute little note cards for the occasion;
20) signed a petition -animal cruelty is something I want to help banish and each signature counts. It also means a lot to the people who set up the petitions;
21) bought breakfast for a co-worker (our shop by work stopped selling the porridge we like so I went to a different shop to pick some up);
22) sorted out all of my old clothes and donated the ones I no longer wanted;
23) Let someone in front of me at the check out because they had less items than I did;
24) bought sweet treats into the office for everybody;
And last but by no means least, my favourite of all…
25) left pennies for wishes
I think I will make this a birthday tradition, maybe not so much trying to hit the number of my age but definitely to incorporate an element of giving back. It’s kind of addicting, give it a go I’m sure you’ll see what I mean.