Read this very carefully because I’m going to ask you for something, and it’s a very simple thing that might make a big difference.
Now, I know that there that really simple truth of your already-hectic existence. You get this question all the time: a simple ask, but with big impact. I know I hear it, read it, see it, feel it. But this time it really is something simple. All I want it your attention and maybe a really simple idea — if you can spare it.
In less than three years I’m going to be turning 40. It’s not old, exactly, but it is one of those milestones of age –mid-life– when you turn and look back, wondering what you’ve accomplished with your time. Some people have a mid-life crisis by running a marathon… but then I just did that. Other people have a mid-life crisis by buying something big or trying to re-capture their youth… but that has never struck me as very practical. And yet other people have a mid-life crisis by flipping their lives upside down and looking for something exciting and new… but to tell you the truth, I’m pretty happy with my life right now so I’m not looking to change it much.
But I’m going to have a mid-life crisis pretty soon, or so statistics and popular culture tell me, and I’d like to make it something cool… big… different… positive.
The purely selfish part is the part where I tell you I want to do this so I can write about it here. I will do just that. A new blog series, perhaps. Write about it. Brag about it. (And maybe inspire others to do the same thing?)
But the other half of that equation is when I tell you what I want to do… and how I need your help.
Giving back. Doing right. Teaching. Donating
Before I turn 40 I want to do 40 Random Awesome Things… for other people. Call it acts of charity, generosity, or whatever. I want to figure out a list of 40 things that are (a) awesome and (b) help a person or people or kids or animals or the universe. Strangers. Family. Friends. Enemies? Big act of kindness. Small works of lending a hand. Giving back. Doing right. Teaching. Donating. Anything.
I just don’t know what, exactly. I have some ideas. I have an ineffable notion in my mind of what I think some of those 40 things might be, but I don’t know exactly what they are.
So, I’m going to ask you for something, and it’s a very simple thing that might make a big difference: first help me make that list, and then keep me honest towards my goal. That’s all.
Comment your ideas below and stay tuned…