This is one of my favorite quotes: "Be the change you wish to see in the world..." I remember the first time I heard it. I was in junior high, and it just struck me. I was not really in tune to the world around me at the time - everything was centered around school, music, boys, friends, and Nsync. I remember having to read the quote to myself a few times in order to fully understand its scope. When it did finally hit me, it really stayed with me.
As I got older and started to pay attention to injustices and inequalities, I would get really upset with certain things, people, etc. This quote reminds me that if I want the world to be a better, more peaceful, more equal place, I must fight to make it so. I can't just sit around and whine about the things that bother me; I need to step up and change them myself.
I was at Kohls about four years ago, and I found this quote on a ring. I bought it, and have worn it most days since then. It's a constant reminder for me to make this world better. Even though I am just one person and I may seem insignificant, if I can impact just one person, that's enough for me.
This quote is in the forefront in my mind in many capacities. As an aspiring school counselor, I want to change the lives of the students I work with and make their realities a little sunnier. As a feminist, I want to do my part to make the work a better place for women. As an LGBT ally, I want to help educate those around me to more fully understand the LGBT community and learn to accept and embrace all individuals. Like I said earlier, if I want to make the world a better place, I need to take action to make that happen.