Is it possible to survive on the kindness of others?
On the 13th November 2012 I lost my partner Jim to suicide. It hurts like hell and if I’m honest, it’s something that I’m still working through today. He was the best person I’ve ever known; the person who taught me how to love and how to be loved. I miss him and I don’t celebrate him like he deserves to be.
The one thing that has gotten me to this point is the kindness of other people. Family, friends and complete strangers who all want to help. It inspired me to create this movement; to spread the goodwill that came to me when I needed it most. These experiences and the kindnessfactory have changed the way that I see the world and its people.
2016 has presented new challenges. So far I’ve been hit by a car, have broken my back and my heart breaks to say that we lost Jims mum Wendy to suicide earlier this year. It’s been tough recently and I’m digging deep to smile through each day.
I’m turning to kindness again to find my way and to reaffirm to myself that kindness really does matter. I’ve always believed in good people and I know that this belief will stand true.
On Friday 12th August I’ll be leaving my home with the clothes on my back and a backpack that holds the following:
• 1 empty water bottle
• 7 days worth of prescription medication
• Phone and charger to document how I go
• 1 change of clothes
• 1 hair brush and tooth brush
I won’t have access to the following:
• Credit card
• The help of immediate family or friends
If you think you can help me out by housing me, feeding me, talking to me, helping me with transport or even entertaining me- I would love to hear from you! I’ll be looking for people to get me from place to place, people to share breakfast, lunch and dinner with and would love to hear from anyone and everyone who can help; even by way of encouraging words.
I’ll be posting regular updates on the journey; where I’m at and how I’m going along the way. You’ll be able to track me live at any point or via this page; Kindnessfactory.
Please share this page to help spread the word- we live in a beautiful world and it’s about time that we celebrate that more often than not.
We’re on top!