Half Way Because I’m a Cheater
I feel like a cheater. This 30 Day Kindness Challenge by PopSugar has been easy, but because haven’t been following each day’s challenge to the T and still counting it as ‘completed’. I’m going to prove it again right now with Day 13, 14 and 15…
“Bring treats to the office and share with all your co-workers.”
Definitely going to do this, but not today because it’s the weekend. It’s also my birthday and fulfilling my old-lady wishes, my husband, kids and I are staying home in pjs, all day, doing absolutely nothing. I’ve never been one to plan a celebration for myself or enjoy the spotlight, regardless of what day or milestone it is. I’ve even hidden my birthday on my social media profiles.
I would prefer to be a complete hermit and go device-free for a day, but I can’t ignore the well wishes from family and friends who remember. So while it sounds effortless, my act of kindness was to thank each and every person who sent me a happy birthday message via Facebook, Instagram, text, etc. because while I don’t want the attention, I appreciate it.
“Donate blood, or sign up to be an organ donor.”
I haven’t donated blood in so long. I used to do it all the time in my 20s, so I’m very happy to do this. I easily found a local donation center and set up my appointment for Day15. I’m so excited. Wish I looked into this before!
Now onto Day14’s act of kindness. It was through my daughter and comes with a little story:
Her martial arts school was having an Nerf War event and admission was one toy – a donation towards their toy drive. She wanted to go and I wanted her to go, but I was also nervous because she would be on the small side compared to the big kids from the older classes. Unfortunately I let my fears get the best of her. The morning of, she decides she no longer wants to go and it broke my heart. I felt like the worst mom in the world. Then she quickly mended it back together when she asks if she could still go to at least drop off the toy for a kid in need. This happy ending continues…
I said we could go only if she could try to participate for at least 5 minutes and if she felt comfortable to give me the thumbs up and stay. She never gave me the thumbs up because as soon as she got on the mat, she was off having fun with her (taller) friends.
“Help someone carry their bags.”
Found no one to help carry bags for, but I went for my blood donation this morning and also scheduled myself up for a plasma donation next month. I’m so happy to know this center exists because now I don’t have to wait around until I see a sign for a blood drive.
I mentioned on Day 0 that I was afraid this challenge wouldn’t be much of a challenge. I mentioned on Day1-3 that I was already cheating on the challenge. I mentioned it on Day7-9 that perhaps because I’m a mom, some of these tasks are standard operating procedure. I mentioned on Day10-12 that some acts of kindness are on rotation. Now here I am, halfway at Day 15, still cheating away. But what this challenge has done so far is made me aware of the day going by and realizing that I haven’t thought about someone else’s needs or feelings (beyond acts of common courtesy). That in itself puts a drive in me that I feel I’ve been missing. That I’ve needed.
Want to read all 30 Days of the Kindness Challenge? View the Overview page HERE.