During the holiday seasons people tend to give back to each other more. Giving back to their communities, neighbors, friends, colleagues, and often even random strangers.
A few days before Christmas, I was in the Starbucks drive-thru when the people in front of my bought my drink for me. It was a really awesome gesture so I made sure to do the same for the car behind me. I truly hope the chain kept going because there was another 3 or 4 cars in line.
That would have been pretty cool and I often wonder about times when people PIF (pay it forward) how far the chain goes. But alas, I’ll never know.
At the same time these things also kind of bother me.
Why does it need to be a holiday? Why can’t we just give back all year? I know not everyone can give back monetarily all year long and maybe the holidays are just a nudge in the direction to do so. You know, kind of “out of sight out of mind.”
I get that and I’m no different. I genuinely want to make an effort to give back more this year… all year.
Not just to my friends and family, although they are priority I also want to give more to my community and “colleagues.” While we may not work directly together, or ever, there are plenty of people I consider colleagues in that they do the same work I do, in the same industry, and often attend the same events.
I didn’t see that coming at all. Honestly, I don’t consider myself much of anyone anyway. We have “superstars” in the community and I’m not one of them, which I’m totally fine with. I’m just a freelance developer doing my thing and generally minding my own business.
I’m not 100% sure how I plan to give back yet, but perhaps highlighting people I think are doing great things is a start. I think we put far too much emphasis on the “popular” and “rockstar” when there are lots of people in this community doing awesome things end up unintentionally swept under the rug.