Musings of a young black weirdo

So this whole Joseph Kony thing has me on [another] change the world kick. [Here’s the video that sparked it all, just in case you haven’t seen it: 

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Anyways, back to my post. There’s just something inside of me that knows I’m gonna make a difference in the world. I can’t explain it, and I can’t even tell you how I’m gonna do it. But I will. Anyway, I’m jumping on this Kony bandwagon because my generation actually cares about something other than themselves for a change. I’m not sure how long it’s gonna last, so I’m writing a quick post on how to change the world on a college student’s budget:

1. Share your story. You can talk all you want, but if no one can relate to you or finds you vulnerable, you might as well be talking to a brick wall. So whether you’re talking to people older, younger, etc., share your story. The foundation of all change is finding common ground with people.

2.Listen to other people’s stories. Sometimes we’re so caught up in ourselves that we forget to slow down and listen to someone else. Plus, listening to someone could brighten up their day. You never know how one small gesture can affect someone.

3. Volunteer. I don’t care if you’re picking up trash, visiting a nursing home, or building a house. Just get out there. The more you give, the more you receive. Trust me, it’s true. And when you do something for someone else, it will ripple out and affect other people. And eventually, you’ll find something you really love to do, and you’ll do it all the time.

4. Smile! Just like listening to someone’s story can brighten up their day, so can a smile. You never know what anyone’s going through. Maybe your smile will be the first one they have seen in months.

Ok, I hope I made that simple enough. Changing the world is really that easy. You don’t need millions of dollars or a huge army of people with you. You can just do lots of small things, and they add up to be a bunch of big things. After all, how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. 🙂

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