This post is one that I have been waiting to write for quite some time. What I was waiting for was a significant number of followers, and I think nineteen (woohoo! thanks guys!) is enough to make this worthwhile. Because this is something I feel quite strongly about spreading the word on.
“What could possibly be so important, P.L.M.?”
“Making other people’s day, that’s what.”
So here’s the story: a few years ago, my family and I were staying at a friend’s house in northern Virginia for a few days. We went out shopping for something, possibly groceries, but we inevitably ended up in the book section of Target. I’d recently seen the movie rendition of Boublil and Shönberg’s “Les Misérables” (which by the way, I don’t recommend. See it live.) Because it was in theaters, there was a rack with copies of the original novel by Victor Hugo. I didn’t think we had a copy, so mom said, “Sure, get one,” and probably something about it being a classic
Fast-forward to when we got home. I had the novel and had started reading it, when I stumbled upon a scrap of paper between the pages a few chapters in. It read, “Don’t dream your life, live your dreams!” Underneath that was a URL, www.randomnoteproject.com. “Hmm…” I thought, “What could the Random Note Project be?”
I got on the computer and typed in the URL. Turns out that someone has started a project to leave anonymous notes for people to find, to brighten their day. In their own words:
“Random Note Project is an impromptu happiness spreading activity started by a girl who thought the world could use a decent pick-me-up. Through RNP, that girl met about seven other people who were interested in making people happy. These seven people have, at various times, participated in what is called “note ghosting.” Note ghosts anonymously write pick-me-up lines on their media of choice and leave them for strangers to find.”
– RNP website
Now, I think this is an absolutely amazing idea. It’s one of those concepts that you see and wonder “Why didn’t I think of that?”. But that’s not all, because you are invited to participate:
“So there you have it. Now it’s your turn! Write a few of your own and post them in places where people venture. Post them in places where people don’t usually venture. Have fun with it and spread some smiles!”
I admit, it’s fun. And you’re doing something for other people at the same time. Maybe it’ll make someone’s day, maybe it won’t, but the point is, it might. That’s the key. Along with doing it anonymously. (And don’t forget to put www.randomnoteproject.com at the bottom.)
So check it out people. GO GHOST SOME NOTES!