Wednesday, January 30, 2013

i'm not waiting on the world to change.

I understand that this first verse is saying that you do stand for something, and people just don't think you stand for anything. But if people can't tell what you stand for, if you even stand for something, do you really stand for it? If I was super passionate about thisworthycause but no one who knew me had even heard about thisworthycause, not until they had read my journals they found after I had died...did I really stand for thisworthycause? Can you really stand for something without taking action?

We can't wait until that "one day our generation, is gonna rule the population." Because honestly, most people from our generation, like every other generation, are not going to be in a powerful position. Most of us will never be in the government.

We can't expect the few people who are powerful to do all the changing.  We can change too. 

[rant]I'm not talking about bandwagon change either. Kony 2012 was one of the strangest things I've ever witnessed. The whole Internet world was all of a sudden full of activists against this Kony guy. Well, they were activists for about 2 weeks, tops. It was cool. Change your profile picture to the donkey/elephant/dove thing and make your status "STOP KONY." And that was it. You're not an activist just because you have the bumper sticker, sorry. [/endrant]

Standing for something isn't going to always be cool.  Actually, I'd take a wild guess and bet it's not going to be cool most of the time.

You will never, ever, influence the rest of the world if you're trying to be like it.

You can't stand for nothing and expect others to stand for you.

Can I change the whole world's thoughts on thisbadthing or gain everyone's support for thisgreatthing. No. But I can change myself. 

If you change, other people will notice. You may not be able to influence an entire population, but you can influence those around you. And they can influence those around them, and so on.

We can't sit around and wait for the world to change, we have to change it. One person at a time.

"well, I don't see what needs to be changed."

What do I think needs to change? Things I wish would go extinct?

Racism. Dear people who say racism is dead, you're absolutely wrong, the face of racism has changed over the years, but it is still running rampant, I assure you. It might look a little prettier today, but it's here.

Stigmas associated with HIV+ people. I don't know a whole ton about the virus, to be honest. What I do know is, just because someone has a virus doesn't mean they should be treated differently. We're  all the same in God's eyes, whether we are in our own or not. I also know that I have hugged on, carried around, and gotten snotted on by HIV+ kids, and well, I'm still HIV free.

Our egotistical thoughts and lifestyle. Need I say more? Life isn't all about me. Princess Mia says, "i realized how many stupid times a day I used the word "I". In fact, probably all I ever do is think about myself. And how lame is that when there's, like, 7 billion other people out there on the planet"

Impatience. Is there really anyone on the Earth who is truly, truly patient? Because I've never met one, and I'm sure as heck not patient myself.

Arrogance. You're not all that, and neither am I. Not inferior, but not better.

And the thing is, we don't like to admit we're doing anything wrong. It's not fun, but change cannot happen if you refuse to acknowledge that a change is needed.

Let's not wait on the world to change. Let's change.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

A Little Geography Lesson


So apparently getting your continents and countries mixed up is pretty common and it kind of drives me nuts. Like, isn’t this 4th grade knowledge?

I don’t claim to know the name of every island in the Caribbean, but I would like to enlighten y’all on a couple of things.

Africa is a continent. Not a country. A continent with 54ish (some are disputable) countries.

Asia is also a continent. Not a country. A continent with 48 countries. China/Japan are not  all of Asia.

Africa does not have the same climate/culture/politics all over, and neither does Asia.

The end.