A few minutes ago, I was just sitting here at University with one of my closest friends, just chatting and wasting time when she got a phone call. Her mother, a politician, was invited to an open forum to talk about inclusion but unfortunately, she isn't able to go because she got the information at a very short notice. Therefore, she asked her daughter, my friend, if she wanted to go instead of her. My friend is studying to become a special education teacher and is an active member in the Green Youth like me so she knows quite a bit about inclusion. Of course, she took the opportunity and has just left me to prepare for the open forum which will be in a few hours. Good luck and have fun, by the way!
I was really impressed that she got such a great opportunity. She gets to discuss with regional politicians and will be able to support the inclusion of people with disabilities in our society through her participation in the open forum. She is basically doing something to change the world, to make it a better place where everyone is seen as equal and important. Did I mention that I am really impressed?
To help her a little, I sent her some links on the topic while she was on her way home and while doing that I thought that I also really want to do something. I want to change the world. I want to make our society a better place. But how?
Then it came to me that actually, I AM already doing so, I just haven't noticed. It's the little things in life that make an impression, we are all important, we all have a voice.
By sending her those links, I did something.
By talking about the election that is coming up in our county (north-rhine westfalia) and telling everyone to get their friggin' asses up and vote I am doing something.
By being and active member in the youth organization of a political party I am doing something.
By being vegan I am doing something.
By being a feminist and talking about feminism with people I am doing something.
By becoming a teacher I am doing something.
Maybe I do not reach hundreds of people but only a handfull but still I am doing what I can to make this world a better place. If we all just go out, believe in ourselfs and fight for the things that we believe are good and important with all our hearts, we can do it! We can change the world. Not only for you and me. For everyone. To quote Obama: YES. WE. CAN.
So I leave you with this: Don't go on and on about how somebody should change the things you hate, you are somebody! And now excuse me, I have to go and learn more about medieval history to be able to teach it to children. They are our future and I want this society's future to be educated.
Have a great day,