Why You Should Do Something Kind Today And Not Talk About It Online
With a different unofficial national holiday taking over social media daily, it seems hashtag holidays have become the new Hallmark holidays.
These holidays don't exist for retail purposes, but rather retweet purposes.
We aren't purchasing flowers and sh*tty Russell Stover chocolates, we're setting statuses for #nationalsiblingday and Instagramming #grilledcheeses for #nationalsandwichday.
There's no shortage of hashtag holidays on the modern Millennial calendar: Donut Day, Hug Your Cat Day, Sandwich Day, Ice Cream Day, Ice Cream Sandwich Day, Cow Appreciation Day and even National Talk Like a Pirate Day.
I mean, are you kidding me?
But after the sun sets on "National Pizza with the Works Except Anchovies Day," tomorrow marks every assh*le's least favorite holiday: National Kindness Day.
And while, like National Beer Day and National Coffee Day, National Kindness Day should be celebrated every day, it isn't taken seriously without an unofficial national holiday.
So with National Kindness Day being on November 13, you can imagine my shock and disbelief when I experienced someone celebrating National Kindness Day a day early.
You wouldn't trick or treat on October 30 or blast fireworks on July 3.
Ehh, okay, maybe you would if you're in my family and just stocked up in South Carolina at State-Line Fireworks and can't wait to blast off some roman candles and Neighbor Haters.
So why did a stranger I met in Nepal think he could bend the rules and kick off Kindness Day early? Let me tell you about the nerve of this stranger beating the masses to altruism.
I'm currently on my second day in Kathmandu, the capital of the world's kindest nation, Nepal.
I was at my hostel when I thought I heard someone yell my first name from downstairs.
Then I remembered I'm in Kathmandu, where I know exactly one person (if the primate pals I met at the monkey temple don't count as acquaintances.)
But sure enough, I realized I wasn't hearing a phantom name call when I heard a voice shout my full given name and birthdate.
Like a true blonde traveler, I left my passport on a table at a trekking company.
Had this beanie and Converse donning hero not saved the day, I likely would have missed my flight the next morning.
He had asked the trekking company if they knew where I was staying, and since I don't have a Nepali phone number, he walked the 20 minutes to my hostel to find me.
He wouldn't accept a beer or dinner or even a bottle of water as my meager attempt to repay him for his random act of kindness, but rather, insisted he walk me back to the trekking company to pick up my misplaced possession.
Even after accompanying my dumbass back to reclaim my passport, he waited with me to grab a kebab (panic really revs up the appetite) and wander a bit, exchanging abridged life stories and travel tales.
Sticking to the backpacker goodbye ritual, I asked him for his last name to find my new philanthropic friend on Facebook, only to learn he doesn't have it.
What? He doesn't have Facebook? But it's almost #nationalkindnessday and he has to tell everyone on social media about his act of #kindness.
Isn't the only reason to help others or lend a hand to strangers to not so humbly brag about it in a status?
I'm sure you've seen them on your timeline before.
The post from the guy who had to tell everyone he bought a homeless man a McMuffin, or the girl on your feed reminds you to #payitforward because she paid for the pumpkin spice latte the person in line behind her ordered.
But what if my plain clothed passport fairy was onto something?
What if this National Kindness Day, and every day, we don't lend a hand just for the "likes," and instead commit acts of kindness for intrinsic reasons?
I know it might sound crazy, but then again, so does recovering a lost passport in Nepal without the aid of a phone.
Happy #nationalkindnessday everyone, and thanks again, Nick from London.