by Veronica Louis

Photo of Berlin Wall that says small people in small places do many small things that can alter the face of the world

Berlin Wall
Photo: Veronica Louis

A few months ago I wrote about how I wished we were all kinder to one another in 2015. Already almost five months in, and it does seem like humanity is regressing instead of progressing.

With events such as hundreds upon hundreds drowning while seeking refuge, pilots intentionally crashing planes, brutal executions in the name of religious ideology, authoritarian brutality targeting race, how can one not question one’s role in one’s life, and where we fit in a world of haves and have nots. 

This dream they speak of… where they say that it doesn’t matter where you come from, as long as you’re determined you will get there… as much as I’m an optimist I know that that’s a little hard to swallow when the only thing you’ve had to swallow your entire life are apathetic stares.

I know I’ve been lucky enough to lead a privileged life where I was never in want of anything. And because of that, I have the advantage of reaching Maslow’s hierarchal peak without worrying about necessities such as food, shelter and safety. And that really makes me wonder why it is I would wait to do what I want to do if the obstacles that stand in my way are unequivocally trivial.

There’s no time like the present, they say. All those things we put off to some never-distant future rarely happen until we just do them. I think 2015 is the perfect year to do the stuff we want to do, or at least set the wheels in motion with simple resolutions that may cause a chain reaction, unleashing countless opportunities.

2015 is the year I say f’*** it, and do what I want to do, no longer putting life on hold. If tomorrow never comes, I die actively resolute with no excuses or regrets. I’ve never had to risk a journey across a dangerous path for a better life. I feel for those lost souls who brave the waters because they seek safety. And yet, for many, taking a risk does not involve the perils of death, but a mere simple determination to make one change. We may not be able to change the ways of the world, but at least we can always change ourselves.

 “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”

― Rumi

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