Sometimes all it takes is an act of kindness to make you realise how beautiful the world really is.
There’s a little bit of a story behind why I’m sat here thinking about the impact an act of kindness can have.
Lately I’ve been thinking about setting up a project to help support breastfeeding women across the UK, but I wasn’t really sure where to start. Whilst the thought of trying something like this absolutely terrifies me, the thought of being able to actually make a positive impact on other mums breastfeeding journeys fills me with so much joy that the worries I have seem so far away.
A few days ago, I approached a body for funding to support my idea, and during the pitch, one of the
gentlemen on the decision panel, constantly brought up formula feeding, belittling my idea, making it apparent that he considered breastfeeding an unnecessary act.
His words hurt me, not because I cared for his personal opinion, but because it was at that point I understood first hand, what it felt like to come face to face with someone who actually disagreed with breastfeeding.
It was sad. I didn’t go in there with a campaign on why everyone should breastfeed, as that wasn’t my intention. I just want to be able to help women get the support they need when they are faced with struggles in their own breastfeeding journeys, as the support systems in the UK are abysmal.
Anyway, I digress.
So in short, after the pitch, I was left upset, he’d knocked my confidence, he’d pretty much
pissed all over my parade and made me feel like I was a crazy lady who wanted to take us back to the stone ages. After all, what was the point in breastfeeding anyway? It has only helped us to exist since the dawn of time, right?
I tried to ignore the bitterness and negativity that he successfully projected onto me, but I couldn’t. It has being making me re-think my whole idea.
Today I decided, despite my encounter with the man of negativity, to go ahead with my project, despite feeling somewhat deflated. So, whilst I was on the border-line of wondering if I could even make a change anymore, I decided to set up a crowd-funding page, to help me get started.
Then it happened, a kind stranger saw my page, and donated £2.50 towards my £100.00 goal.
Now you might be thinking, ‘£2.50? She needs to calm the eff down!’. But actually, this lady, who is a complete stranger, with her £2.50 donation, and her comment which read ‘Good luck with your project x’, has given me the glimmer of hope I needed.
An act of kindness can change not only someone’s day, but their whole view on a situation, and even their life.
‘The happiest people in life are the givers, not the takers.‘ – and with this in mind, I continue on.