What I Want Today

So, today is my twenty-fourth birthday. I’ve spent most of the day so far cleaning my apartment and sweltering in the heat of the solstice.

This year has obviously been particularly difficult, and I’m not exactly one to ask for much from anyone else, so instead of gifts or consumables today I would appreciate a very simple thing from everyone that reads this:

spend three minutes of your day thinking about how you can make the world better over the next year

Do with that what you will, but I’d like to provide some options you may wish to consider:

  • Be more kind and make generous assumptions about others. If you see someone else struggling, ask how they’re doing and help if you can.
  • If you are privileged enough to do so, donate your time or money to a good cause. I’d suggest researching effective altruism and The Life You Can Save. It’s all about making the most impact from your dollar and ensuring half your donation doesn’t go straight to the CEO.
  • Be more political. No, that’s not a joke. Unfortunately, the less everyday people get involved in politics, the more sway large corporations and politicians’ mates have. Massive plug to join our movement with The Greens, because poor people, working folk, and people who want to save the planet from climate change need a say, now.
  • Stop and take care of yourself. If you need someone to talk to, I’m always an unjudgmental ear. I’ve seen way too many people struggling with mental illness over the last several months. Yes, this is on the list of things you can do to improve the world because you improve the world for so many other people. Of this I am sure.

That’s all from me – much love, and enjoy the holidays, whatever you celebrate.


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