My greatest fear is to not live a productive life, to not matter, and to not make a difference. To combat this fear, I wake up each day with the intention to do good. To positively impact society. It’s easy to feel like a small fish in a big pond when there are so many large-scales issues to fight and causes to promote. I know I’m not the only one who feels this way; my girlfriends and I have conversations all the time toying with the idea that we have been placed here for a higher purpose. Finding purpose and passion in life is my number one goal.
I combat these feelings of fear and inadequacy by involving myself in activities that will allow me to give back and be fulfilled by my contribution. My favorite thing to do is talking to adolescent girls about self-esteem, building healthy relationships, and growing to be amazing women. I find satisfaction in standing in front of a room of 20+ girls and encouraging them. Sharing my stories (my teens were a journey that I’m thankful for but so glad they’re over) and letting them know they aren’t alone. I know that if only one girl listens and cares, I’ve made a difference and I feel great in doing so.
When things get really tough, I remember a few lines from one of my favorite songs, “I Was Here” by Beyonce:
I just want them to know that I gave my all, did my best, brought someone some happiness. Left this world a little better just because I was here. – Beyonce
I’m sure this is the most played song in my iTunes, and for good reason. It’s a reminder to just try; we can’t change the world in a day (I know many of us have tried) but if all contribute at the ground level, our impact will be great. I’d drive myself crazy trying to only make big differences when the small ones have just as much power.
Tell me what songs motivate you to make a difference!