“We are the prisoners of our own ideals. We have to follow a strict pattern, a set of rules and laws, and play the role society designed for us. We are taught that our choices don’t matter, that at best we are insignificant, and at worst we are invisible, shadowy figures wandering around a desolate landscape filled with rigid concrete boxes and bleak lights shivering in the night. I guess that what I’m really trying to say is that our freedom is limited only by what we believe to be the perception others have about us. ” – Jazz
I’m not an overly ambitious man. I’m not particularly good at most things. I’m rather a pessimist, who happens to have a few moments of idealism. I think I’m too small to change the world around me, and yet this doesn’t stop me from trying.
And I see this kind of thinking all around me. People waiting for someone else to change the world because they feel they’re not strong enough. A lot of people don’t want to make their voices heard, because they fear their voices won’t be enough.
That’s a big, big mistake.
You see, as much as I’m a pessimist, as much as I consider myself to be unlucky and badly equipped to go through this world, I know that words can conquer the world. If it need be, words could write a new world into existence.
This is not about stories and art, this is about being brave enough to write about what you’d like to see changed in the world. What’s the one thing you really hate about your environment? What’s so stringent and painful you simply can’t stand it anymore?
Making a stand is not about being powerful enough to make a change. It’s about being brave enough to say what you want to say.
We constantly fight against change. We despise what the word implies so, so much, and yet we all dream about changing who we are, about becoming the best possible version of ourselves. We dream about changing the world, and yet, we fear change.
The hell you grew up in is a lot more comfortable than the uncertainty of change. Its chaotic nature, for which there’s no cure, is the only things that’s standing between us and the world we dream about.
“If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. … We need not wait to see what others do.” – Gandhi
I don’t want you to read these words and tell me how they inspire you. I don’t want for tomorrow to come and be exactly the same as the previous thousand tomorrows you’ve eagerly waited for and discarded as soon as you woke up.
I want you to fight an impossible battle. Pick one at random if you must. I want you to write about one thing you’d like to see changed about you, the people around you, or the world around you. Even if, like I said, it seems impossible for you to change something, even if you’re absolutely certain no one’s going to even bother to read your words, let alone care, I want you to do this.
Because this is how this blog got started: with a bitter guy who felt too small in a big, big world, and who didn’t want to give up even if he was damn sure no one would care about what he wanted to say.