How You Can Change The World In 24 Hours

When you think of a world-changer, who comes to your mind?

Maybe it’s this guy:

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Martin Luther King. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Or maybe you’re thinking of her:

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J.K. Rowling (Photo credit: Daniel Ogren)

But you’re forgetting someone, and that person is you.

When people think of a world-changer, they think of someone who’s feeding hungry babies and selling more records than Justin Bieber, and in a sense, that’s true; but no one ever thinks of themselves as a world-changer.

The truth is, you don’t need to be a best-selling author or a movie star in order to have an influence on this world. You are already influencing the world.

You’re not J.K. Rowling, so you think your words don’t matter; you’re not Martin Luther, so of course your actions probably don’t mean a thing. You’re not on the cover of US Weekly and your YouTube videos haven’t gone viral, so it doesn’t matter what you do or say. No one is paying attention anyway.

That’s not true.

What is true, however, is that we are all world-changers. There is no secret club to get into, and there’s definitely no limit to how many people are allowed to “change the world”. You’re no different than the people you admire. We all have something to share and a story to tell, and if you are willing to give it to the world, we’ll take it. We may hate it; we may love it. But we will take it, and it will change somebody’s world out there. Change won’t happen over-night, but it will happen a lot faster if people just believed that they were enough.

The world-changer is the girl who sits with the nerdy boy during lunch-time; the world-changer is the man who helps the little old lady carry her groceries back to her car.

You don’t need to be on the iTunes top 10 to have your music change a person’s life, or a million dollars to put a smile on a child’s face. You don’t need fame or fortune.

All you need is yourself. All you need is today and the 24 hours of possibility that it offers.

So finish up that novel of yours, and don’t be afraid to upload that YouTube skit, regardless of how many hits it gets.

You’re human, therefore you are a world-changer. Own it.

I Don’t Get It. Wait—! Nope. Still Don’t Get It.

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There are just some things people do that I don’t get. Like, at all.

So today I was driving back home from a class, and I can’t tell you how many times I will see bumper stickers with the words “My child is an honor student at such and such school.”

Okay, I don’t mean to be hard, but…really? Seriously? C’mon. Would you walk up to a random person and be like, “Hello, random stranger! Did you know that my kiddos are honor students at their school?! I have such intelligent offspring, don’t I?”

I mean, really? You choose to decorative your car, and that’s the best you can do?

Then there’s the whole texting thing. Like almost every teenager, I LOVE texting, but I will never understand why people, whether it’s your best friend, or your aunt Helga, will send you a text asking you to call them. It makes sense if they’ve already tried calling you, and leaving you a voice mail, and now texting is their last option, but besides that…why are you asking me to call you, when you can call me yourself?

Unless, you’re embarrassed to or something.

And, last but not least….amusement park lines.

Oh, man.

Alright, let me get this straight: some people will actually wait in line for an hour or two, just to ride a ride that lasts for…two minutes…?

Ooookay, then.

I don’t get bragging. I don’t understand why people can’t just call you themselves. I don’t want to wait in a three hour line for a three minute ride.

I guess there’s just some things in life we will never understand, no matter how many times people try to explain them to us. That can make us feel like outsiders at times. But the good news is, we get to have a sense of humor about it. I love that about life. No matter how stupid or overwhelming it can get, we can just laugh it off and learn not to take it all so seriously.

What’s something that you don’t get? Let’s laugh about it together.