#NekNominee…

Not my usual post but instead, some thoughts.

Today’s topic? #NekNominations

The Harlem Shuffle long forgotten, the latest trend sweeping the world of social media is, of course NekNominations.  It’s unlikely you’ve got away without hearing about this new craze so I won’t bother explaining what it is.  In a lot of cases, it’s all silly but relatively harmless stuff, within reason, I mean why not? No-one’s young forever right? #YOLO!

Yes, we’d all like to think we’re invincible, but the growing number of posts showing some horrible consequences of NekNominations is revealing the other side of the spectrum.  You mean you thought nothing would happen if you downed a pint of WD40?  There will always be those who will take things like this to the extreme, but the accounts of people losing their lives over this is shocking.  It puts things into perspective.

In response, another trend seems to have emerged and has become very popular, sparked by this South African guy’s attempt to turn the movement around for good by handing out some lunch:

This trend is now as popular, if not more so, than the original NekNomination craze, and has caught on amongst some of my friends.  This NekNomination with a twist simply involves doing something that helps someone else.  Get a pint glass involved for extra novelty, whatever.  Easy right?   Just get creative!  One of my friends is knitting squares for Knit a Square charity in South Africa, another is writing notes and letters for More Love Letters.

Others are giving out flowers, raising awareness, helping people home, getting people’s shopping for them, sending encouraging notes, giving out sweets, even washing feet!  Funny, random, brave and kind, these random acts of kindness are spreading like mad.

I received a nomination myself this week and, inspired by the original dare – to drink a pint of anything – have decided instead to give a pint of blood.

I suppose in light of the recent loss of life, why not do something to save a life?

It’s been years since I last gave blood it and I think it’s about time I got down to a donation session.  There’s one taking place a locally a month from now, and you know what, I’m actually looking forward to it.

To learn more about giving blood, click here.

My NekNomination  Video

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