Birthdays are a special time and are definitely a cause for celebration! Many people like to call upon their good friends and family to join them in sharing their special day, while others prefer to stay low-key and simply enjoy life’s simple pleasures. Either way, you or someone close to you spends the days before your big day to help you plan a memorable event. This year, for my birthday (which happens to be on New Years Day), I decided to do something a little different than the years passed. I came across the idea of The Birthday Project just a month before my 2012 birthday and it immediately inspired me to get planning on what I would do for my ‘big day’.
In 2010, when Robyn Bomar performed her 38 random acts of kindness on her 38th birthday, the overwhelming response she received from her single blog post became the motivation behind her desire to start The Birthday Project. In her personal event planning and design blog post, she, along with her family decided to perform 38 random acts of kindness within her community. She also invited readers or whoever read her post to perform random acts of kindness too and report back to her on what they did and the response that they received after or during their act of kindness.
The random acts of kindness don’t need to be expensive or overwhelming, but simply gestures that make other people stop, think, and smile on the inside. They also don’t need to happen only once a year either. But this type of project helps act as a reminder about the things we as human beings with different talents and experiences can do for others around us, everyday of our lives. You can join the conversation here.
Another project that is happening right now as you are reading this is 33 Wishes created by one of our very own writers, Anfernee Chansamooth. In celebration of his birthday this year, he has decided take matters into his own hands and help make a difference in other’s lives.
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Here’s the video that sparked his project!
He is asking individuals to make a wish through his project, and submit them by February 2nd 2012. He hopes to link wish makers and wish helpers and share in the joy of giving and receiving. So what special skills do you possess? Or what special wish do you have?
Do you have other ideas for how you can make the world a better place with simple acts?
Finally, on behalf of the whole Vidafine team, we want to wish our readers a Happy New Year! We hope 2012 brings greater opportunities than ever before, more inspiration to utilize your talents to do good, and a better appreciation for the people and places around us that shape who we are and what we value. Cheers!