"Wow, you're so nice all the time. I don't know how you do it." - Every person I encounter
Being nice is considered a fault in today's society. It means you are naive, keep your guard down or are oblivious to the horror happening every day. I am always criticized for being too nice to people for a multitude of reasons. Personally, I believe in a different philosophy than everyone else when it comes to kindness.
I think shutting out the world, putting your armor up and worrying about yourself is easy. There's no strength or power in self-absorbance and self-protection. Allowing yourself to open up and let the world in, now that's difficult. And it will never get easier.
Sure, sometimes people don't deserve your kindness. Sometimes people don't deserve for you to care about them and maybe they will never care about you the same way. There is a vulnerability in letting people into your life, but you learn as you go.
The idea of random acts of kindness can be cringy. The idea of leaving random notes in jean pockets in department stores or buying a ton of flowers then handing them out in a parking lot can be a bit overwhelming. While of course, you should want to give random acts of kindness to the whole world, you can start small and be nice to the community around you.