If you don't remember hearing about it, that was by design.
I usually don't celebrate my birthday publicly and find the occasion, in general, to be more of a depressing than celebratory affair.
But this year I decided to try something different and honor my 42nd birthday by doing 42 acts of random kindness.
There is nothing particularly special about the choice of year. (Other than the fact that 42 is the "Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe, and Everything," and I forgot to do this project last year when I turned 41.)
I guess the reason why I've never been a fan of birthdays is, for me, merely existing doesn't seem much worth celebrating. But what I DO with that existence is.
And the 42 acts were a reminder of the power of doing. (Plus, it was a ton of fun.)
I was a little unclear going in if I should do acts to help 42 people, or 42 acts that helped more than 42 people. (In the end, I decided it didn't really matter either way and that I over think things way too much.)
So I just did the following...
I share these 42 acts with you not to ask for your applause, (or your belated birthday wishes) but because it was a blog post I read back in 2010 that inspired me to do this project in the first place.
Perhaps by reading my post, you might be inspired to try something similar on your birthday (or any day.)
These random act of kindness were a great reminder to me that yes, it's important to celebrate the "doing" in our existence, but the acts we "do" don't have to be huge.
Any small gift to a friend, family member or stranger can make a very big impact -- even if it's just a smile and a kind word.
And that is something worth celebrating.
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