Saturday, March 3, 2012
Day 63: Went to a Film Festival
To be honest, when we unexpectedly had to come to Montana after learning of my father-in-law's passing, I wasn't really thinking about 366 Random Acts. It couldn't have been further from my mind. At one point on Wednesday, my wife mentioned to me how proud her father was of what I was doing, and I knew then that I couldn't skip a day no matter the circumstances.
Hamilton, Montana obviously isn't as large as Chicago, so I feared there wouldn't be anything for me to do for my random acts (outside of caring for my family, etc.). Then I realized that having that mindset went against everything I have preached on this blog. It doesn't matter who you are or where you are, acts of kindness are always something easy to do. So I jumped on my computer and started searching for things to do locally here in Montana. It took all of 4 seconds for me to find something that doubled as a way to temporarily get away from sadness and perform a charitable random act. This evening, for my random act, I will be attending the Radical Reels Film Tour at the Hamilton Performing Arts Center. The film festival is a fundraising event for B.E.A.R (Bitterroot Ecological Awareness Resources). B.E.A.R's mission is "to inspire area youth to connect to their own potential, their community, and the landscape through experiential [learning] and outdoor adventure programs." It gives youth of the area a chance to tap in to their leadership ability while teaching them ways to overcome obstacles that may come up in life. We are looking forward to returning to normalcy, even for a couple of hours.