November 20, 2019
Perhaps you may have heard about a teen named Greta Thunberg, a Swedish environmental activist. At age 16, she has already begun making a great headway in speaking out about the consequences that we are seeing and will continue to see with climate change.
Or perhaps you’ve heard of Malala Yousafzai, who, at the time, was a teen who spoke up about the right for girls to learn and to receive an education. Even though her advocacy caused her to be in harm’s way, she continued to make a difference in the world.
These extraordinary individuals are making great changes in the world, often make headlines, and are remembered by people everywhere. But how do you make great change in the world? Do you also have to do something grand enough to gain the media’s attention in order to make a difference?
Not necessarily. You don’t have to be an activist that everyone hears about to make a change. Your influence may be bigger than you realize. The way you act and your actions can affect the people around you – from your peers, friends, and siblings, to your parents, teachers, and other adults. You aren’t always aware of who sees what, and you’ll never know the extent of how your actions can impact their life.
Sometimes something as minuscule as holding a door open for someone can flip someone’s bad day, or uplift them in one way or another. There are times in which you probably did something that seemed insignificant at the time, but in reality, you changed someone’s life for the better. They might not tell you how your actions helped them, or they may not even realize the impact themselves. But it does matter.
You might be a little light in the darkness that someone needed.
Often times, it is difficult to remember this. Our society focuses on who or what is the most successful. It is easy to become overwhelmed with the constant pressure to be at the top of your game. You don’t have to be the best, the loudest, or the most successful when it comes to making a difference in the world.
Not everyone can be an activist that is known worldwide, but the little things add up. Those are the things that make a difference in the end.
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