Today I was mentally exhausted and decided to take a midday rest, despite being exactly 1 week away from my BIG EXAM. But in these quiet moments I started to think, “Maybe I am doing this thing all wrong.” I am attempting to fight so many wrongs on so many different fronts, and I am not being as productive as I can be. I want to change what is already in motion. I want to change things that are outside of my control. I want to change people, and we all know that changing people by just your words is impossible. So, I started to think of how I can work smarter and not harder. How can I fight the injustices of the world that are being waged against every single woman, man, or child? How can I fight the injustices that are based on race, gender or sexuality? How can I make this world better for those here and those to come?
I don’t have the answer to any of these questions right now, but I decided to stop using my energy to fight those who are stuck in their beliefs and instead use all of my energy to shine a light in this world that may not change them, but will help develop others. Every chance I get, I am going to be the best me, give 1000% and make sure that I am leaving every place better than it was when I came. I can’t divide my attention between those who choose to hate and those who need love. I have to solely focus on those who need love, so that they can be edified and grow into beautiful beams of light.
We don’t need fewer people that hate, but more people who love. We don’t need fewer people that aren’t racist, we need more people who can appreciate people for their differences. We don’t need fewer people who are more tolerant, we just need more people who will encourage people to be themselves. If we outnumber those who hate, who are racist or who are intolerant, soon those on the other side will simply conform to the notions of the majority. We cannot feed into the vicious cycle of trying to recruit the enemy, but instead we have to gather our allies and show them our strength and power. I have been doing this thing wrong for a long time, but today I have decided to take the steps to do it the only way that makes sense to me.
Legends are known for doing something extremely well. How do you want to be remembered? What do you do well? Note it. Know it. Do it. Be you. Do you. Tell your own stories. On your own terms.