Everyone is pressured to change the world and "make their mark." Little do we know, we make a mark on this world every single day just by simply existing and interacting with other living, and even non-living things.
Not every person is going to be on a piece of currency, or hold a high position of fame or power. Not every single person is going to be able to donate millions of dollars to every big charity. Yet every single person is still pressured to make it to the top. And if we're all at the top, would it be considered the top anymore in the first place?
It's quite unrealistic and silly to expect one person to change the world. The way society defines "change the world" is unrealistic as well. It's not always about having a plethora of money and making an impact on large groups of people all at once. It's about existing, and using your existence to DO THINGS. Some of you will make a positive impact on the world and some of you will make a negative impact on the world. Most of us will do both. Regardless, we each leave a footprint on this earth. Never forget that.
So, how do you change the world and leave your mark by just existing? Here's how:
1. Realize not everything will go according to your plan.
You may have always had a dream of having kids and then found out you're not fertile. Maybe you always wanted to become a painter but you're not finding opportunities anywhere. Perhaps you wanted to go to Harvard but you can't afford it or you couldn't get in. This happens and that doesn't mean your life is over. Plans change. Life changes. Things are inconsistent and THAT'S OKAY. Not everything will go in your plan, however, that can't stop your happiness. We have so many passions within us and we don't need to do it in front of a large audience to be happy.
2. Acknowledge your victories, big and small.
We're all known to have a productive day and still feel the need to do more. Which is ridiculous! Acknowledge your victories. Yay! You took out the trash. Congrats, you emailed people back! WOW, you got accepted into college.
3. Remember, everything you do affects something or someone, and that circle never ends.
You affect every person you interact with. And they affect every person they interact with. It's always fun to think what you could've been the cause of. It's even more rewarding to know you're the cause of something beneficial. When you think back to the conversations you've had with people of my past, and when you look at them now, you can smile knowing those conversations affected them.
4. Put your all into your life, your work, and your relationships.
Your life, work, and relationships may not be giving you all their attention, but who cares. Give all you can and you will find it benefits you in the long run. You may hate your job or your marriage, but you're still in it. You can either leave or continue hating it. That's up to you. We've all dealt with jobs and people we didn't particularly like, but what's the point of feeding into that hatred more? Flip burgers with a smile. Be civil with your ex. Compromise with your roommates. Call your grandmother. Sit at the office and be the best salesman you can be. Get that bonus! Make friends with your customers. Joke with your coworkers. Just do it. Don't make life a huge series of the same day over and over again. Everyday should feel like a new day.
5. Actually TALK to people.
Yeah, silly this is even on here, right? But it needs to be said. We need to tell people how we feel more often. Talk to your friends, spouse, coworkers, and customers. Not just about logistics. Not small-talk. Have interesting conversations with people. This is how you can change the world on a daily basis: by getting to know others. When the grocery store clerk, barista, or retail worker actually says something that doesn't sound like a script, it can make anyone feel good. When your coworkers, friends, or family try to express their care and interest in you, it feels great. Do that to as many people as possible. Your life will change and so will theirs.
6. Whatever you're passionate about, do it.
We don't care if you get paid for it or not, do it! You will bring so much joy to peoples faces by pursuing your passion. Because if it makes you happy, that happiness with radiate throughout the room. Don't do it with pride or for the recognition, do it because you love it.