When Someone Says, 'You Can't Change the World,' Be Inspired

When Someone Says, 'You Can't Change the World,' Be Inspired

Look towards proving people wrong

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It is remarkable that the use of fewer words speaks loudly. The most inspirational advice I had ever been given was five words that were not intended as a compliment. They were, "You can't change the world".

Instead of being offended, I was motivated. Do you know how many influential people throughout history were given the same "advice"? I bet Abraham Lincoln was advised against granting freedom to the slaves during the Civil War because he could not change the ways of the world. I bet Susan B. Anthony was criticized by men of the twentieth century because a woman could not possibly change the ways of male-dominated America. I bet Martin Luther King Jr. was told that he could not change the world of the Jim Crow South during the Civil Rights era of the 1960s.

Often times, society attempts to obstruct change. Children are taught to learn and do as their parents learned and did. Sometimes, when we ask questions that insinuate any element of change, our ideas are dismissed, and we are obliged to follow. We view elements of our society as "the way things are", and we are forbidden from offering insight into the ways in which these elements can improve.

If we think according to those means, change is impossible. If we hear the words, "You can't change the world", and respond, "Yeah, you're right" and walk away, then the cycle of change ceases to exist. Society is interdependent on this change, it flourishes in the midst of progress. Human society is nothing without a difference of opinions, perspectives, and worldviews; society craves a change of pace, a move in a different direction.

Does this mean that all of us will become Susan B. Anthonys and Martin Luther King Jr.'s? Of course not. Our goals should not center around fame or prestige. My motivation for 'changing the world' is not to end up in the future generations of history textbooks, or most likely iBooks. Not everyone can elevate themselves to the historical status of a legacy like Dr. King's, and not everyone should.

When people think of change, they picture a giant phenomenon that produces major consequences for the future. In actuality, change is a ripple effect. Look at any body of water, and poke the water with your finger. A small circle around your finger suddenly becomes twenty more circles that resulted from your one finger. If change is the ocean, all it takes is one movement to trigger a reaction. Change may be considered big, but all it takes is one interaction, one conversation, or one idea that can produce a multitude of wavelength reactions.

So if someone dares to tell you, "You won't change the world", do not get upset. Take it as a motivator. Look towards proving people wrong. Engage in conversation with those around you. Be passionate. And make a ripple effect of the change you want to see in the world. It is possible if you take it one step at a time.

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The Truth About Young Marriage

Different doesn't mean wrong.
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When I was a kid, I had an exact picture in my mind of what my life was going to look like. I was definitely not the kind of girl who would get married young, before the age of 25, at least.

And let me tell you, I was just as judgmental as that sentence sounds.

I could not wrap my head around people making life-long commitments before they even had an established life. It’s not my fault that I thought this way, because the majority opinion about young marriage in today’s society is not a supportive one. Over the years, it has become the norm to put off marriage until you have an education and an established career. Basically, this means you put off marriage until you learn how to be an adult, instead of using marriage as a foundation to launch into adulthood.

When young couples get married, people will assume that you are having a baby, and they will say that you’re throwing your life away — it’s inevitable.

It’s safe to say that my perspective changed once I signed my marriage certificate at the age of 18. Although marriage is not always easy and getting married at such a young age definitely sets you up for some extra challenges, there is something to be said about entering into marriage and adulthood at the same time.

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Getting married young does not mean giving up your dreams. It means having someone dream your dreams with you. When you get lost along the way, and your dreams and goals seem out of reach, it’s having someone there to point you in the right direction and show you the way back. Despite what people are going to tell you, it definitely doesn’t mean that you are going to miss out on all the experiences life has to offer. It simply means that you get to share all of these great adventures with the person you love most in the world.

And trust me, there is nothing better than that. It doesn’t mean that you are already grown up, it means that you have someone to grow with.

You have someone to stick with you through anything from college classes and changing bodies to negative bank account balances.

You have someone to sit on your used furniture with and talk about what you want to do and who you want to be someday.

Then, when someday comes, you get to look back on all of that and realize what a blessing it is to watch someone grow. Even after just one year of marriage, I look back and I am incredibly proud of my husband. I’m proud of the person he has become, and I’m proud of what we have accomplished together. I can’t wait to see what the rest of our lives have in store for us.

“You can drive at 16, go to war at 18, drink at 21, and retire at 65. So who can say what age you have to be to find your one true love?" — One Tree Hill
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To The High School Senior Wishing She Could Fast-Forward To Graduation, Careful What You Wish For

Don't wish this time away.

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As the last stretch of my freshman year of college stands before me, I've been thinking a lot about where I was a year ago today. I've thought about how fast the time has gone, but also how much has happened in that year.

A year ago, I decided what college I was going to and was getting ready to graduate, and honestly counting down the days until graduation. Senior year was almost over, and I couldn't wait to walk across that stage, get my diploma, and FINALLY get to start my real life. However, now that it's a year later I honestly barely remember all those little moments and it feels like literally a world ago when I was in my high school and making my Senior Board full of pictures of my childhood. And part of me wishes that I hadn't wished all that time away.

So, to my high school seniors out there — I encourage you to cherish all the memories you are making. I encourage you to spend time with your parents and savor the meals you have with them and enjoy the conversations where your mom asks all the mom questions about your day, and your dad tells a story from his childhood that you've heard a million times before. I encourage you to appreciate the friends you have, and whether or not you plan to stay friends with them after graduation, be grateful for the time with them in this season and the role that they played in your life.

I ask you to look around your high school, stop and stare at the walls that you've probably been praying to get out of for a few months now and appreciate the memories and times you've had in those buildings. Whether or not high school was a great time for you or a bad time, it was a time of growth and the place where you matured and made mistakes and succeeded.

Seniors, enjoy these last few months because before you know it you'll blink and it will be a year later and you'll be miss those days that you complained about, those teachers you rolled your eyes at, and those friends that you shared that time with.

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