Wednesday 28 June 2017

When I Grow Up I Want To Be Kind

When I grow up, I want to be successful.
When I grow up, I want to be famous.
When I grow up, I want to be rich.
When I grow up, I want to be powerful.

Being asked what you want to be when you grow up is not an uncommon question for children to be asked. These innocent minds have yet to experience how cruel the world can be so naively answered with doctor, nurse, superstar or astronaut. Yet if these children knew they may be caring for innocent young people's lives whose worlds have come crashing down because of a cowardly attack in the name of religion, would they still want the job?

From the day we are born, success, fame, money and power are engrained within our minds as the foundations for a happy and fulfilling life. As if nothing else matters. But let me ask you one question...

Who do you remember in your life fondly with the most undefinable feelings of warmth? The people who were kindest to you I bet. 

Kindest apparently isn't easy. How many times have you watched someone in your life struggle and suffer right in front of your eyes, yet did nothing? It could be the lone mother trying to juggle shopping, a screaming toddler and crying baby across the street from you or it could be your friend, who you haven't heard from in a few weeks whose battling with depression. You watched the mother physically struggle, and the friend mentally suffer. You decide not to offer a helping hand or send a quick message, asking if the friend wants to hang out with you.

Kindness is often perceived as been cheesy with the stereotype of puppies, rainbows and unicorns. When in actual fact kindness expands and covers just about everything in society. You. Me. We all need a little bit more kindness in our lives. 

Kindness has the power to change any regular day into something amazing. You don't have to be wearing a cape and have the ability to fly, to be kind. Kindness can make superheroes out of anyone.

What if I don't have the money to give to charity? What if I don't have enough time to do volunteering? What if. What if. What if.... 

Kindness comes in all shapes and sizes. From the heroic saving, a cat stuck up a tree to being able to stop a child being run over by a car. The sorts of things you see in adverts or films. Things that just don't happen in everyday life. But this is everyday life, and there are things you can do.

If someone is having a bad day, say kind words. If you haven't heard from someone in a while, say hello. If you pass someone on the street who looks upset or distressed, stop, take 30 seconds out of your day to ask if they are okay. It may not mean a lot to you, but it may mean everything to that person. 

Kindness is contagious. Do one kind thing, and others will follow. Be kind to the people who matter to your life and the people who don't. Be kind to strangers. Smile at people in the street. Talk to the cashier. Wish people a nice day. The people we remember most in our lives are the people with the kindest souls. The people who always went above and beyond for other people. We need more people like this in the world. Be that person, and more, people will follow. 

When your time comes to say goodbye to the world, you won't be remembering the money, power or success you have. You will realise that it's all a societal illusion. The thing you will remember is the impact you had on other people's lives. You want people to remember you for how you blessed others lives not the figure in your bank account. The effect you have on others is the most valuable currency there is. 

We live in a world full of animosity and hate. I can wish for world peace. I could wish for no divides, no conflict or war. But it would be delusional to think that I could do this on my own. It takes everyone. Every single human being to make the world a better place. We all wish for things, every day. Trivial things like a new handbag or a takeaway. 

But a wish is just a wish if you don't do anything about it. So like you order that dominos when you wish for a takeaway. You can be kind and bring an end to animosity and hate. Small, random acts of kindness bring hope. Hope to that individuals day but also for the whole of society. Be that person who gives and expects nothing in return. For you will be the ones who are remembered...

That is why when I grow up I want to be kind. 

Thank you for reading, as always X

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