HAPPY RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS DAY!
It’s wet, it’s windy and it’s Wednesday, aka ‘hump day’, so you’re more than likely not going to be in the best of moods.
This Wednesday, I found myself sat in Starbucks in Westbourne, with a coffee, a rose and pistachio mocha if you must know, when two women walked in with a bucket of sweets.
12.30pm – Starbucks, Westbourne, Bournemouth.
As they handed out the sweets to the unwitting civilians, they were saying “Happy Random Act of Kindness Day!”, and urging people to ‘pay it forward’.
13.05pm, Starbucks, Westbourne, Bournemouth
Wednesday February 17th marked the National Random Act of Kindness, wherein you do a good, and completely random deed, such as handing out sweets, paying for the coffee of the person behind you or doing something for someone you normally wouldn’t do.
Just a little thing, such as receiving a small packet of sweets could make a massive change to someone’s day, as it did mine, and from this I decided to pick my random acts of kindness.
As aforementioned, it was wet and windy, and being the unprepared Brit that I am, I was only armed with a beige mac and an afro, in a hope these items would protect me from the elements.
My first stop was the glamour-zone known as Asda.
14.23PM, Asda, St Pauls, Bournemouth
14.43PM – I’VE GOT THE GOODS!
14.47PM. This is Wendy, a very happy recipient of my Random Act of Kindness.
After the event, Wendy said: “It was completely unexpected, it’s horrible outside and I didn’t even expect you to leave the house today.
“I made sure that I told my colleagues to pay it forward when I shared the cookies with them!”
14.50PM – I’ve just finished my delivery and made someone very happy, I’m wet, I’m cold and I really want to go home.
I also really need an umbrella.
On my way to the bus stop, I saw a homeless man sat on cold, wet pebbles and I felt it was imperative to share a random act of kindness with him, as he did not look very happy.
14.53PM – Slice and water.
I know it’s not much, but it’s the best that I could do on a budget… Don’t be judgey, internet people.
-Update – He smiled, and genuinely, genuinely seemed happy.
15.00PM – I’ve just done my last random act before deciding to call it a day and head home!
It’s now 22.18PM, and upon reflection, National Random Act Of Kindness day shouldn’t be on one day per year, it should be everyday.
It only takes one little tiny thing to make someone happy, make their day a little brighter and turn their frown upside down.
It’s nice to be a nice human, it doesn’t have to cost a lot, it can cost very little or nothing at all… Don’t designate your kindness to one day per year, be kind all the time!
“We gotta make a change…
It’s time for us as a people to start makin’ some changes.
Let’s change the way we eat, let’s change the way we live
and let’s change the way we treat each other.
You see the old way wasn’t working so it’s on us to do
what we gotta do, to survive.”