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I need to...
find something better to do with my time, but I decided that I am going to blog anyway. In my leadership class we had to write a mission statement for my life, and it got me thinking. Other than going to school and becoming a lawyer, what exactly did I want to do with my life? Do I want to make an impact on others? Do I want to change the world? The more I thought about I realized how naïve I was. Of course I wanted to change the world, and make an impact, but I had no clue how to do that. In my Chinese culture class, my professor decided to go off on a tangent when he heard about the three-year old that was run over by the car in China today and how no one stopped to help. It baffled me that no one had thought to stop and help this child even before she got hit. What was the person that hit her thinking after? Did he think that she was a dog or some other animal? I was about to think that all humanity has taken a turn for the worst when I thought back to the philanthropy that I am participating in with my sorority. It is called War of the Roses and we are going to throw a Halloween event for children that have disabilities. We get to make cards, and a booth and even make a little skit, al in hopes that we can make their day that much brighter. The amount of effort and hours that my sisters have put into this event makes me proud that I am one of them. I would tell you what sorority I am in, but I don’t want to get in trouble! If college students can put an event like this together to help complete strangers, then maybe there still some hope for us. I began to think again (I tend to do it a lot) and tried to remember the last time that I helped someone random. I know that this morning I helped some guy with directions to the bookstore, but I didn’t think it counted. Frankly, he pissed me off because he was acting really rude. I really wanted to smack and go look, you better fix that attitude or you can figure it out yourself. So I think that helping him didn’t actually mean anything because I did it out of obligation. The last time I tried to help someone was probably a week ago. I was heading to my class after getting Starbucks and I saw this lady in a wheelchair trying to reach the handicap button that opens the door. For a moment I watched different people deliberately pick a different door when this lady was trying to maneuver to the corner to actually get close enough. I hadn’t even realized that I had opened the door until I was holding it open for her. She gave me this smile like it was the first time someone had tried to help. I almost felt embarrassed that she would be so cheerful about me holding open a door. It made me feel bad that I hadn’t opened it sooner. Seeing the light radiate from her face as she thanked me, lifted my spirits and definitely made my day. So I guess my advice for the day would be that helping hand for anyone that you think needs it. You never realize how much of an impact you could make on that person and even on yourself. I know it did for me.