On Thursday, I turn forty. This birthday has been looming for a while. The last time a birthday felt significant was my twenty-fifth birthday. That one I remember crying my eyes out because I was not where I thought I should be both professionally and personally. In the past fifteen years, I have learned that when I spend my time navel-gazing and not focusing others, I become an unhappy person. So this year, I have decided to give away my birthday.
What do I mean by giving away my birthday? Glad you asked. I am going to 40 acts of kindness. I want to spend the day bringing joy to my school district and community. My life is full of joy, and I am blessed. If I start to count the blessings, they begin to multiply.
I am going to buy some Cokes (or pop in IA) for some fellow teachers. I will load some Aldi carts with a quarter. Provide some snacks. Write some meaningful thank you notes. Deliver some school supplies. Find some meaningful resources for others. Give some shout outs to people who have inspired me.
I invite you to celebrate my birthday with me. On Thursday, perform an act of kindness and let me know. I will be documenting my adventures with the #MMis40.
Some of my inspiration for this move:
The follow-up post to this.