“I can’t change the world. Not by myself” but together we can. This isn’t my post. This is from one of my high school students. I could not be more proud of her and this effort to make sure that everyone is heard, and that a very desperately needed change comes to this world finally, because we took the time to voice ourselves and to listen to each other.
I know you don’t know Ava, but I do. And I sort of think she could change the world all by herself, but she wants you to be part of it to. She knows that you HAVE TO BE. This is the kind of person who does things, who creates, who shows up passionately and compassionately and who inspires ( I know she inspires me.) I know she has big plans for this project. I hope (and urge) that you will be part of it.
Share this, please. Especially those of you who are educators and influencers, but ALL of you, anyone, everyone.
What Ava said:
“I’d like to go to the moon. I’d like to paint the world and scream my words at the top of my lungs. I’d like to be unapologetically myself and I want others to do the same.
There are an estimated 7.8 billion people in the world. I’m not very good at math, but my guess is that it would take years and years and years to make everyone be heard. I wish that I could give everyone the chance to be heard, give them that validation. I wish that I could tell every single person that would listen that they matter and that their own particular opinion matters.
Regardless of where they are or what they speak or what they look like or who they believe in. I can’t change the world, not by myself. I can’t do very much at all, but I write words that I hope will someday inspire someone who is slightly better than I am at public speaking, and someone who can paint hopes and dreams, and someone who can write amazing music. I hope that I can inspire people who are incredible in their own fields, who are magical in their own specific interests.
There are so many people out in the world right now doing incredible things. There are people showing up, fighting every night for the basic human rights that everyone should already have. I’m ready to contribute. I’ve signed petitions and sent emails and donated money, but I’m going to try to do something BIG, alongside every one of you.
Here’s my email: firstname.lastname@example.org Send me something. You being you. You creating, or saying, or being someone or something you love.
Let’s put this together, and show the world who we are. Let’s tell the world that things need to change and learn to accept each and every one of us. I don’t care who you are or what you look like or where you’re from. So go do your part for the world! Go sign a petition or write an email or donate money or scream what you believe! Make a difference! Acknowledge the current events and MAKE A CHANGE. It has to be done.
And then come here. email@example.com And send me something that you want to show the world. You can put your name on it or not, you can tell me where you’re from, or not. Please be kind, and don’t hate. I will not include anything that includes harassment or hate speech or discrimination of any kind.
I’m doing this because Everyone of you is beautiful and your individual creation matters.
Thank you dearly for taking the time to read this.”
Please share this everywhere. Send something in and urge others to do the same. Thank you.