45 Ways To Pay It Forward

45 Ways To Pay It Forward

It's one way to be selfless to another and to offer them good will.
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Paying it forward is an everyday thing in almost everyone's life. Its one way to be selfless to another and to offer them good will. Though you can't do everything, you can do something. We all have the ability to make a difference in the world, however slight it may be. Whether it be a stranger on the street or your best friend, here are a number of ways to pay it forward and make someone smile.

1. Open the door for someone

2. Donate old clothes to Goodwill or to charity

3. Buy the person in line behind you their meal or coffee

4. Give a homeless person money or buy them a meal

5. Offer to cook dinner for someone

6. Tell your loved ones to "drive safe"

7. Cook a meal for a loved one on a special day

8. Visit the dogs in the Humane Society, it makes their day and yours a little better

9. Ask someone how their day was, check up on them

10. Thank people for doing something kind, big or small

11. Smile at people, no one likes a smug person

12. Help an elderly person do something they are unable to do

13. Give up your seat for someone on the bus or train

14. Donate blood

15. Compliment someone, tell them you like their outfit or that they look nice today

16. Tell people you are proud of them

17. Volunteer

18. Tell people when they've made a positive impact in your life

19. Babysit for someone for free

20. Help someone with their homework

21. Shovel someone's driveway

22. Visit a nursing home

23. Write a positive review online for a restaurant

24. Donate food to a food drive

25. Bring in breakfast to your place of work for all of your co-workers

26. "Adopt a Family" for Christmas

27. Give someone in line extra change if they're short on money

28. Offer to take a picture for a family who is struggling to get a group photo

29. Pay the toll fare for the person behind you

30. Add change to an expired meter

31. Donate old books to the library

32. Buy a drink from a kid's lemonade stand, it'll make them so happy, trust me

33. Help someone in need

34. Participate in community service

35. Help at a food shelf/food drive

36. Donate cat or dog food to the animal shelter

37. Buy a bag of groceries for the hungry

38. Sponsor an animal at the zoo

39. Give money to a charity

40. Mow someone's lawn

41. Sit with someone who is sitting alone

42. Clean up litter from a park

43. Give blankets to the homeless

44. Give out any extra tickets you have for free, whether it be to a play, a fair, or a convention.

45. Take people's dogs on walks if they are unable to


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22 New Things That I Want To Try Now That I'm 22

A bucket list for my 22nd year.

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"I don't know about you but I'm feelin' 22," I have waited 6 long years to sing that and actually be 22! Now 22 doesn't seem like a big deal to people because you can't do anything that you couldn't do before and you're still super young. But I'm determined to make my 22nd year a year filled with new adventures and new experiences. So here's to 22.

1. Go sky diving.

What's crazier than jumping out of a plane? (Although I'll probably try indoor skydiving first.)

2. Go cliff jumping/diving.

I must be the only Rhode Islander who hasn't gone to Jamestown and jumped off a cliff.

3. Ride in a hor air balloon.

Up, up and away.

4. Try out skiing.

Cash me in the next Olympics, how bout dat.

5. Try out snow boarding.

Shawn White, I'm coming for you.

6. Go bungee jumping.

Because at least this time I'll be attached to something.

7. Go to Portugal.

I mean I'm Portuguese so I have to go at some point, right?

8. Go to Cape Verde.

Once again, I'm Cape Verdean so I have to go.

9. Vist one of the seven wonders of the world.

I mean hey, Egypt's on, my bucket list.

10. Try out surfing.

It's only natural that somebody from the Ocean State knows how to surf.

11. Learn a new langauge.

Because my little bit of Portuguese, Spanish and Latin isn't cutting it anymore.

12. Travel to a state that I've never been to before.

Fun fact: I've only been to 17 of the 50 states.

13. Go paddle boarding.

Pretty boring but I've never done it.

14. Go scuba diving.

I'm from the Ocean State so I guess I should see the ocean up close and personal.

15. Learn how to line dance.

There's actually a barn in my state that does line dancing, so this one will definitely get crossed off.

16. Go kayaking.

All this water around me and I haven't done a lot of the water activites.

17. Stay the night in a haunted hotel room.

I bet if I got my friends to come with me, it would be like the Suite Life of Zach and Cody episode, minus the ghost coming out of the wall but you never know.

18. Get my palms read.

Because who doesn't want to know their future.

19. Go to a medium.

Like a medium that can communicate with people that have died.

20. Take a helicopter ride.

Air plane: check Helicopter:....

21. Sleep under the stars.

Because sleeping in a tent is more like glamping than camping

22. Just to try new things in my everyday life.

Whether it's trying a new restaurant, getting something different at my usual restaurants, changing my usual style, going on the scary rides at amusement parks, and bringing things I used to do back into my life now.

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I Have No Label

Labels aren't for everyone, and I'm one of them.

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There's a huge pressure from society for people to know things about themselves—what they want to do with their life, what career they want to be tethered to, where they plan on being five years from now—that we really shouldn't add more pressure by requiring people to know their sexual orientation and gender identity.

I've always been pretty comfortable with my gender, but my sexuality? I'm still figuring that one out. I grew up in a fairly conservative home, so I was never exposed to the LGBT+ community or anything similar to it. Straight was the only way to go, and I grew up completely fine with that. It's only now that I know I'm not, that I'm realizing some of the things I did, probably should have told me I wasn't sooner.

Thankfully, it was never a huge source of stress for me because I was OK with being straight. I was fine with the idea of only being into men because I mostly still am. It's just that "mostly" bit that has me thrown off.

If I'm not fully into just guys, does that make me bisexual? What's the full difference between them, anyway? What does "bi" really imply, anyway? Two? Which two? Does the "bi" aspect of the word "bisexual" even really matter?

Do people identify as "pansexual" because the distinction of "bi" is misleading since there are more than just two genders?

Speaking of genders, would I date someone whose gender identity doesn't conform to the binary? How about a transgender person? How can I really know this for a fact without dating someone like that?

All of these thoughts gave me countless headaches, and they still do if I think too hard about it. Since I'm still discovering myself, I'm not fully comfortable labeling my sexuality as anything other than "not straight."

That should be totally fine.

If anything, I think this should be encouraged. It puts way less stress on people who are already stressed beyond belief. It shouldn't be something that a person has to know immediately, and they shouldn't have to ever label themselves if they aren't comfortable with it.

Let people explore their sexuality and gender. If they find a label early, let them. They may change it later. They may not. As long as they're happy with it, what does it matter? Why tell them "no?" Even if you're their parent or caregiver, you should at least be fine with them exploring their own identity and figuring their life out.

It's healthy, and ultimately, it will make them a happier person to know they had support for the whole wild ride.

Respect people if they find nothing and choose to stay label-less.

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