You know what puzzles me? You know what I literally sit up at night for hours thinking about? You know what I enjoy talking to my friends about on Friday nights (or any night of the week)?
changing the world.
Yes, you read that correctly, C H A N G I N G T H E W O R L D
Believe it or not, I am one of those people who are (what Steve Jobs calls) crazy enough to think they can change the world. Yes, my friend, it is true; I am the 5% of the world’s population that dare to be different (don’t know if that’s an accurate statistic but just go with me). I am Lauryn Hill with a hint of Janis Joplin in a room full of Kim Kardashians. And I am an extraordinary human being in an ordinary world.
Now I know what you are thinking…
“Who is this extremely arrogant, weird, and horrible metaphor giver that is writing this article?” […] Must be a millennial.
Well to answer your question, I am an awkward black girl that likes to watch TED Talks and documentaries in her free time (and yes I am a millennial).
But that is enough about me. 🙂 Let’s get back to the topic:
C H A N G I N G T H E W O R L D.
you see, changing the world is what keeps me up at night.
How can I change the world? What does the world need to change? How can I help others change the world? But more than anything, what are the things that geniuses and game-changers, like Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, or Steve Jobs did that helped them make the changes they did?
And after watching hundreds (not exaggerating) of YouTube videos and Netflix Documentaries, and reading books, I finally answered all of my questions. In order to change the world, we must do one thing and one thing only:
be a rebel in a world full of settlers
That’s right folks. It’s just that simple.
Be a Pink Starburst in a room full of Red Starbursts.
Be a Fruit Loop in a bowl full of Raisin Bran.
Be a colored pencil in a bag full of Blue Pens.
dare to be different!
Now let me really explain what I mean by being a Rebel in a room full of settlers.
How many times have we heard people say “Just deal with it; that’s just the way life works?” or “That’s society. Get Over It.”
Yeah, I know… too many times to count.
Well, my friend, those answers are full of poop and let me tell you why.
WE ARE ALL SOCIETY. Yes, that means, you, me, your mom, your teacher, your friends, Beyoncé, Oprah, the mailman, that one annoying kid in your class, your 6th-grade crush, EVERYONE; we all make up society.
Society is not a group of horrible and cruel people that sit in a basement in an undisclosed location and make rules up about life and spread them all around the world. No friend, that is not how life works…
WE ARE SOCIETY.
You know what that means? We set the status quo, we set the rules, we set the trends, and we live the life we live because we have chosen this.
Now calm down, I am not saying that you alone (or any of us really) are solely responsible for racism, prejudice, homophobia, a lack of compassion in the world, the past election season, gas prices, college tuition, unnecessary taxes, or any other issue that makes life complicated. I am saying that even with the cards that we are dealt, we are still able to make our lives and the world a better place.
in order for that to happen, we have to stop settling and make some changes.
It’s time to stop allowing the phrases “That’s just the way it is” or “This is just how society works” dictate how we act and how we view making a difference.
It’s selfish and irresponsible of us to know that suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people, resulting in about 4,400 deaths per year (mostly due to bullying) and just say, “Well hey, these things are apart of life.”
It’s selfish and irresponsible of us to know that on average, there are 321,500 victims (age 12 or older) of rape and sexual assault each year in the United States (a lot of which go unreported) and just say, “Oh that’s so sad.”
It’s selfish and irresponsible of us to know that In 2016, advocates tracked at least 22 deaths of transgender people in the United States due to fatal violence (the most ever recorded) and 2017 has already seen at least 19 transgender people fatally shot or killed by other violent means and just say, “Society is horrible.”
It’s time to stop settling and stop making excuses for why we can’t make a difference. We can no longer just throw our hands up in the air and say “c’est la vie” when we see something horrible happen. It’s time that we take destiny into our own hands and become the change we all wish to see in the world.
It’s time to be change agents; ITS TIME TO CHANGE THE WORLD. If you see something wrong and mean happening in the world and among our communities, try to educate and be the change. Be bold, be courageous, and be a 24/7 ambassador of compassion towards human beings.
BE A REBEL IN A WORLD FULL OF SETTLERS!