Be the change you want to see in the world.
I was listening to Lindsey Stirling’s youtube channel today and one of the comments said, “Justin Bieber’s ‘baby, baby’ has 750 million views while this video only has 7 million. I don’t want to live on this planet anymore.” While I appreciate the sentiment and understand that it was an intentional exaggeration, it brings to mind the complaining we all do. We should ask ourselves, though. Do we want to rail helplessly against the walls of inaction, scream our dissatisfaction into the air? Do we want to watch the world and the days of our lives go by as if we’re staring at a television screen?
So I say, if you don’t want to live on this planet, become a rocket scientist and get us off it. If you want pot to be legal become a lobbyist, or a politician. If you don’t like the way corporations do business, become a better businessman and put them out of business. If you want equal rights for all people regardless of gender, sexuality, race, belief, then become an activist. If you want to keep the government free of the tyranny, (yes, tyranny) of religion, there are activists for that too.
We talk a lot about the time we don’t have. It would be more accurate if spoke of the time we don’t make. How many hours in your “busy” schedule do you spend watching television, an act that eats time without helping anyone achieve a flow state? Or playing video games? How much time do you spend working, chasing a paycheck instead of a dream?
Make the time to become that person who can change the world. Have the imagination and will to follow your dreams. Become a lobbyist, a politician, an artist, a musician, a writer, a lawyer, a soldier, a teacher. Change the world. Start today. At the beginning. I’m not saying the road is easy, but remember that all beginnings are hard. Perseverance is the key to success. Keep working toward that dream.
You can do it. Be the change you want to see in the world.
If you don’t know who Lindsey Stirling is, you should look her up. She is what Nietzsche meant when he said we should be Apollonian and Dionysian. Creative and Dynamic. She plays violin, makes amazing arrangements of a variety of styles of music and the videos are incredible and extremely well done.