Ending on a good note. The photo a day project.
When you take photos of yourself for 12 months straight or do anything that catches attention from people, unexpected things can happen.
I knew people would roll their eyes, maybe mock me ( which of course, did happen.) I knew different people would like my photos ( they did.) I knew people would say they liked the photos and make kind comments ( some did.) The one thing I did not know…..
There were a few who saw the photos and never said anything. Until it was over. I Inspired some people unknowingly.
4 private Facebook messages and 2 texts that went back and forth for a while.
“I am really going to miss your pictures, they made me smile each day and made my day better, especially when I was feeling like crap. Then, there was your face, smiling.”
“I never commented on your photos but I looked at them each day. It was nice to see someone smile , even knowing that you probably had some bad days. You still smiled, I liked that.”
“ Your smiling face made my hard days better, I am going to miss that.”
“Mark, you inspired me to smile. I had some sucky days and kept thinking, he’s smiling, so I could try. Knowing you and talking with you every few days, I knew not each day was good and you told me that this photo thing was hard but yet, you still tried every day.”
“You are a great guy, have a nice smile, you are inspiring. For selfish reasons, I wish you would keep doing the photos. I had some hard days, you helped.”
“I saw you’re not going to keep posting your daily selfie. Oh no! I was enjoying them! I hope you had a good year and looks like you’re doing awesome staying healthy!”
I didn’t embark on this project to inspire anyone, in fact, that is the LAST thing I thought would happen. I am not one to take compliments well, nor do the words “ Inspiration or inspirational” make me comfortable. They make me squirm actually. I have never once thought of myself as inspiring. I am just me, trying my best to live my life better and trying different things. If someone gets inspired or I make someone’s day then I guess I am doing something right.
I did love hearing that I made some people smile. That, I am ok with hearing. I strive to make people smile or laugh. I love smiling, it is my favorite haha !
So what does “ Unexpected Inspiration.” teach me ?
You or I may not strive to actively inspire but our actions, even the ones that seem crazy or dumb can affect others, motivate them, make their day or inspire them to just smile even when it is hardest for them to do.
Unknowingly people are watching our every move, even more so since the invention of social media. What you do or say can and will impact others just by being you.
My advice ? Keep being you because being you is authentic and awesome. That is what I strive for.