When times are hard, we as sinful, hateful, but yet somehow beautiful members of the human race find it easier to rely on others to fix our problems instead of helping ourselves for a change. We seek resolve in simple, daily routines that keep our minds off of the true focus of the problem or task at hand, and this in itself can pose an even greater problem to ourselves because we allow things to boil over, instead of admitting to the problem and genuinely making an effort to change it for the better.

We search and search to find ourselves and find our true purpose in this world. And through our journey of searching and seeking, our fruitless efforts are to no avail. The world isn’t going to be handed to us. But then again, we can’t find it. They say that luck is when the proper preparation meets opportunity. And yes, some of us may be luckier than others. But it is not something that we can complain, let alone worry about. We can’t control how lucky other people get or how much luck is bestowed upon ourselves. The only thing we can do is compile the proper preparation, and await the opportunity. We don’t need to worry about how everyone else is doing compared to us. If this person or that person is making better grades or getting more recognition than us, it doesn’t matter. Because if we spend all of our time trying to change everybody else, without first examining our own moral standpoint and position in this world, then life will truly pass us by. When such luck is given to us where we are given certain rights and powers that have the possibilities and the potential to make changes, then we shouldn’t allow them to slip away. Because we never know when these opportunities will arise again.

But be cautious in these assumptions; because one can never underestimate the power that one individual has in changing the world as a whole. Because Christopher Columbus, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Jane Austen, Albert Einstein, Mohandas Ghandi, Emily Dickinson, Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and the rest of the world’s political, social, peaceful, and economic leaders didn’t change the world before they changed themselves. Because how could a gifted speaker and leader in Dr. King stand before hundreds of thousands of people and preach about loving our neighbors if he did not love his own neighbors? And how could a courageous Rosa Parks stand for what she believed was truly right on that bus that fateful day if she did not want to make a change in a society filled with prejudice? And how could an honest man in Abe Lincoln convey his views to his country from his powerful position as president if he did not himself uphold the moral standing to which he preached was right?

We must practice what we preach. One cannot stand for change if he or she is not willing to see that the change is made. And when troubles arise in our efforts, we cannot rely on others to change the world. Because if we all said, “Let someone else handle it,” where would we as a human race be now? We would be nowhere. And this world has come so far, thanks to the courageous efforts of many men and women throughout the ages who weren’t afraid to stand for what they thought was right. And to grow and to learn and to innovate to further better the world we live in today. And as Nobel Peace Prize winner Jody Williams said, “Get off your butt and do something about it!”

But if one single person can change the world, then the absolute magnificence of humanity itself will never truly be explained or understood will it? As an individual, we are one in more than six billion. Just as one grain of sand on the beach seems so small and insignificant, we see ourselves as one of many others just like us. But what separates us from the sand on which we walk is the fact that we are individuals. We all make a difference because there is not one other human being just like us. There is not one other person who has had the exact same life and lessons that we have had. And this holds the key to our future, for if we underestimate ourselves to the point where we believe that we as individuals cannot make a difference then no progress can be made. And after all, this world is a beautiful, magical, and simply wonderful place…if given the chance.



Joined January 2008

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