I Want To Change The World We Live In But I Am Clueless Where To Begin

I Want To Change The World We Live In But I Am Clueless Where To Begin

Possibly by being a teacher because teachers can change the world.
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Today, we live in a world filled with school shootings, scandals, and hatred. We live in a world, where it feels like there’s breaking news about something atrocious every minute. We live in a world where not many people feel safe.

I don’t want to live in that world. I don’t want to live in a world where I have to fear for my life about a school shooting possibly happening because it is so common. I don’t want to live in a world where at least once a week, I hear about another atrocious attack.

I want to live in a world filled with peace. I want to live in a world where we all love each other, and everyone could be friends. However, I know that is unrealistic with reality, and I know that hatred is bound to happen, which will most likely to lead to violence.

My question is why? Why do we live in this world? Why is our world and society so messed up that when I bring my future kids into the world, one of the first things I have to teach them is about how people are ruthless and mean.

I cannot let my future kids about naïve about the world. I cannot let them enjoy and live a childhood where happiness and butterflies are all that exists. Basically, I cannot let them ignore the harsh realities of the world because they are bound to find out if they ever were to step foot in public. My kids might not understand it, but to be honest, neither do I.

I don’t understand why the world has to be so harsh. I don’t understand why bullying has to exist. I don’t understand why people want to be and why they think they have to be mean.

Because they don’t.

Don’t get me wrong, I get why things happen. I understand why wars between two countries exist, and I accept the fact that there are bad people on this planet. Just because I understand it doesn’t mean that I want to preach about it, and share it, simply because that’s the last thing on my mind.

I shared those links above for everyone to see how much this has happened. Look at the Wikipedia page (the first link,) and see how there has been an increase in the occurrence of school shootings alone. Look at what Trump and his staff are allegedly doing, whether or not you agree with it is one thing but look at what is out there about our president.

I don’t want my kids to live in a world like this. I don’t want my kids to live in this brutal world because I don’t like living in it myself some days. I love my life, but I don’t like how there is so much tension from everyone in this world. It’s disgusting.

For these reasons (and so many more, but I am not writing a novel here), I want to change the world. I want to create a better place for the future generations to live in. I want to make someone’s day, so they can be nice and hopefully spread that joy.

I want to live in a world where acceptance is naturally given, and not something that we fight for. I want to live in a world where bullying doesn’t exist. I want to live in a world where our President isn’t in the news about a possible scandal.

The best part, I can help the change the world and help fix or minimalize 2/3 of those things. Unfortunately, I have no control over the current President, nor do I want any. Besides that, I know I can do all of these things.

How? That is the million-dollar question. To be honest, I don’t have the best answer for a direct plan. I have some ideas that I know I will be able to implement in the future, but as of something that I can start tomorrow, I don’t quite know yet.

However, in the future, I know that as a teacher I will be able to embrace acceptance in my classroom. No matter who you are, no matter what you look like, you are welcomed into my classroom, as long as you are respectful of others. This is a community effort, and once you’re in my classroom, you’re a part of the community.

Tying with that community factor, this also prohibits bullying from my classroom. This applies with any classroom that I have been in, but I will be strongly enforcing and implementing this in my future classroom.

As a teacher, I want to change the world. I want to change the world in a place where kids feel safe and they feel like they’re in an environment where they are ready and comfortable to learn. My hope is that one day, I get a student turned onto science and they choose their major and career because of my class.

It’s a longshot, but teachers have the power to do that.

As for today, what can I do to change the world today? Well, I am in 2 clubs around campus that are centered in service and giving back. That creates this direct change, and this summer I will be working as a camp counselor at an amazing day camp.

How can camp counselors change the world? Well, they can be role models for kids and be that face of hope if a kid is going through a rough time in their lives. They can mold the minds of future generations, and that in itself is changing the world, but will also lead to changing the world further.

Also, even beyond that, I am writing for The Odyssey. It’s a huge outlet for voices to be heard, and voices getting heard is the first step to starting change.

With all of this being said, changing the world is a community effort. I can’t do it all by myself, and I want everyone who reads this article to join me in this in the mission. All you have to do be nice to people and to give someone new a compliment. It’s that simple.

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You had him in high school, but I get him for the rest of my life.
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High school seems like the best time of your life when you are in it. You think that all of your friends will be with you until the end, and that you will end up with whoever you are dating your senior year. For very few, that might just be the case. For all others, that is far from true.

You thought that you would marry your boyfriend and you thought that everything would work out how you had always imagined. I don't blame you though. He's great. You wanted everything with him, but you were just not right for him.

I wish I could say that I am sorry it didn't work out for you, but I can't. I can't because he is mine now, and I get to cherish him forever. You didn't do that right, and you were not meant to be together. You will find someone too, but I am happy that you were not the one for him.

Sometimes I have issues with jealousy, and I hate that you got all of the high school stuff with him. You got to go to games and support him. It kills me that I couldn't be there for him because I know I would have actually been there wholeheartedly. I would have done it out of love, not as a popularity appearance.

I hate that you got to go to all of the school dances with him. He got to see you all dressed up and probably told you how great you looked. I'm sure you did look great. Prom dresses were always fun to pick out and so colorful. It was exciting to match colors with your date. I am sure you had fun choosing his matching tux to your dress.

I find myself getting jealous, but then I stop. I am getting to match his tux with our wedding colors. I got to go dress shopping in a sea of white, and he doesn't get to know one detail about that dress yet. He will get to see me walk down the aisle and then every day forever. I get to love him forever.

I try to not get jealous of all of the things you got with him because it is all in the past. You had your time, and now I get the wedding. You got to dress up in high school, but I get to dress up for my wedding with him. He may have put a corsage on your wrist, but he will be putting the wedding ring on my finger.

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I Expected It To Have It All Together By 22 And I'm Still Far From That

What we expected and what reality actually is, are two completely different things...

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Oh our 20s, how we expected them to be so different. We expected to graduate college at 22, have a career by 23, be engaged by 24, married with a house by 25, kids by 26-28, vacationing with the family by 30, and retired by 60. We expected college to be parties and cute boys/girls. Instead, we got late nights of studying and crying after a job that barely pays for our car, food, dorm, and textbooks. We get no social life and if we do our grades suffer for it.

Our 20s were expected to be all fun but all we got were struggles and stress. I mean I don't know about you but I expected, to have it all together and I'm nearly 23 and far from it. I had all the scholarships and great grades, and I still don't have any type of degree.

Reality hits after 18. Most of us don't have the help of mom and dad anymore. We have to find our way and make a path for ourselves. Sometimes our dreams and goals have to be put on hold for that. The 20s isn't fun. It's about discovering who you are, who you want to be, and where you want to go. Some of us serve our country, some become incarcerated, some of us parents, some teachers, others cops, others travel or study abroad, some dead, some ill, other managers, others homeless, some still living home, and some even addicts.

The weird thing about your 20s is everyone is doing something different, but yet everyone is confused and comparing themselves to others. People feel if they're not doing what others are doing, in their age group then they have failed themselves. What people forget is that with life comes obstacles and sacrifice and everyone's life and situations are different. You are where you need to be right now, for you, and I think that's something to remember in your 20s.

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Another thing about your 20's is you're free to think for yourself now. No more having to follow a religion you dislike or hold back from things you love. The world is literally yours to discover and learn from. Possibilities are endless! I think your 20's are the years you create yourself to the best version of you and build the foundation for your future. Just remember, we all build at our own pace.

Signed,

The lost 22-year old that believes in you

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