Happy New Year! Yes, I can still say that since this is my first post of 2015. To start the year off right, I have a challenge for you. Ready?…Be Inspiring! Sounds simple, right? Not to put any pressure on you or anything, but did you know you have the power to change someones life? Yeah, neither did I. But then I started thinking, and seeing all of these little hints that made me realize that I needed to make this post. If not to open someone else’s eyes, then it would be to open mine. This all started with me watching an episode of Steve Harvey the other day. There was a lot of emotional stuff packed into that episode, but it came down to how he has done everything in his life for his family. Not to succeed for himself, but for them. It made me think, at what point in our life do we begin to think about what is most beneficial for others and not ourselves. Do any of us ever really make it to that point? Which is why I’m challenging you.
I don’t know if I can speak for everyone, but it seems that we are all reaching for similar goals; we just have our own ways of achieving them. We want the amazing career, the one that doesn’t feel like work but still pays well. Most of us want a happy marriage, a beautiful family, great friends, and an awesome house. But while we are busting our butts to make sure our dreams come true, we forget that not everyone has the same opportunity that we do. For some it could be that their means don’t allow them, and others were just never motivated enough. There are people who do not know what it means to feel support or kindness from a loved one. A friend, what’s that? And some may not know what it’s like to feel loved.
Luckily I’ve had a more pleasant upbringing than others. Do I go around flaunting it? No! I don’t pretend to be perfect. Yes, I make mistakes and I’m still a little broken; but I’m working on putting myself back together. I know I’ve got a lot of myself to give. I know can love deeper than I ever have, and I’m sure some of the best days of my life are still in the future. So in the meantime, I try to make the most of what pieces I’ve picked up. I use them to express myself, to write, to love, to hope, dream, laugh, cry, cuss (sorry mom), and to try my hardest to keep and open mind. I do this because I know I’m not better than anyone. Everyone has the same fragile life that can be taken away in a second. I hope to one day make an impact, big or small, in another person’s life. Something that will make them stop to think, and want to help someone else. Take a deeper look next time you start to judge someone. Do you know their circumstances? If you don’t truly know their background, how can you make any conclusions. That’s like writing a term paper without doing any research. We should get the facts first, pause, and ask some questions.
Words say a lot, but actions back them up. Be real, don’t just speak because it sounds good. One nice gesture from you could change a person’s life. It could stop them in their tracks and completely change the course that they were on. I read a story the other day about a young man who was about to end his life. But one conversation, and a kind gesture from another guy who was a stranger changed that. We have the chance every time we step out of bed to be a role model to someone. Don’t do it with the intention of making yourself feel better, do it for others. Be selfless. Do it so that one day that person will return the favor to someone else. See how this works? It’s a pay it forward situation, it’ll just keep repeating itself. And maybe…we can change this amazingly beautiful, cruel world.
Until next time…