“Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.”

19 11 2010

I love this quote, because it’s true… and it’s been on my mind all week.

For weeks I’ve been busy with school, work, and play (the usual).  A few important milestones passed: the mid-term elections and my 22nd birthday, all of which I would have loved to capture in writing.

But now as my senior fall semester is coming to a close, I have this weird feeling that the world is just a fingertips length away, and I’m bracing myself for a whirlwind.  I feel ready for a change.

Regardless of what comes my way, I want to be confident that I’m making a positive difference in the world.  Even if I can’t get that satisfaction through my first full-time job – because, let’s face it – I’m going to jump at the best opportunity I can get, and I’m expecting to have to work my way up.  But as a student in Austin, I am involved on-campus, but I cannot say I’m actively involved in the Austin community – aside from the social scene.

Today my gentrification class spoke with a couple East Austin residents, and one of the speakers challenged us to be active in our community and fight for positive changes.  No matter where we end up, there’s always going to be issues and regulations that can be reformed for the better.  In East Austin, property taxes are often unfair for the families who are faced with increased taxes based solely on the fact that a wealthier neighbor moved in next door and rebuilt an older home to make it new.  The long-time East Austin resident’s home has not been improved, but just because of a new neighbor, they are hit with taxes that they can’t pay and are ultimately displaced from the neighborhood they grew up in.  Does that seem fair to you?  Of course, there are always multiple sides to a story, but the Texas tax system could be reformed to support diversity and mixed-income neighborhoods.  But who’s going to take a stand?  Oftentimes the power lies in the young people – a movement for change has to start somewhere. And people have to find unity.

Aside from city regulations and overall politics, simply volunteering for an organization bettering the world makes a difference and makes me feel good about myself.  Problem there?  Time.  Especially as a student juggling work and school, my free time is usually spent with my friends.  Hopefully when I graduate, I can find an organization to get involved in that makes me feel like I’m making a difference.

Instead of waiting around for an opportunity to present itself, I think it’s important to set morals, ethics and standards for yourself.  Simply being a good person goes a long way – and actually affects more people than you could imagine.

Sometimes it’s the little things you do in life that make the biggest difference.




One response

25 11 2010

Yeah, you do look at things at differently, which is just what the world needs. Thinking about the quote in your post, there is anothher one that comes to mind, from none other than the UT basketball coach a couple days ago. Barnes, after winning his 500th game, said: “Life’s a vapor. It goes by so quick.” The implication is obvious: Carpe Diem!

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