On Friday I put out an ‘I dare you….‘ post. A dare to be different with your thoughts, time and money from what you would usually do on a weekend. I took up my own dare, here’s how I did things differently this weekend:
I took my airline meal and gave it to a person living on the street. You know when your given a meal on a plane that you just don’t want? On Friday, when returning from a work trip, I put that packaged meal in my bag and gave it to a person I found begging on the street on the way home. It cost me nothing, saved good food from being rubbish and the look on his face was priceless. Tick, I’ll be doing that one again.
I went carless for the weekend. Hardly revolutionary but when you take something away that you are used to, you have to think differently. I hit the pavement by foot or on two wheels (my bike), something I love to do anyway but when it’s your only choice it makes you think. Did it rain? Yes. Did I get wet? Yes. Did it matter? No. Will I be doing it again? Definitely.
I went phoneless for the weekend. My phone died on Friday afternoon and I opted not to recharge it. Remember the days before mobile phones where you made plans and had to stick to them? This weekend I made plans, I stuck to them and I was on time.
We caught up with friends we have been meaning to catch up with for months. You know the ones, the: ‘yeah we’ll catch up soon…’, then three months later you still haven’t caught up. It was awesome to see you, let’s not leave it another three months!
We went for drinks and dinner in an area of the city we have never visited. Again, hardly revolutionary but when was the last time you explored your own city? A different area? It’s amazing what you find when you turn a corner you’ve never turned down before.
While some of the above seem insignificant small changes, sometimes I forget the Paul Kelly lyric: From little things big things grow. We all know it but it’s easy to forget that the little things, the little changes, really can grow into making a big difference.
So what’s this weeks dare? A dare to do something that scares me. Who’s in?