You Matter and Can Make a Difference
Growing up, I felt like I didn’t matter. It wasn’t that I didn’t matter with my parents, it was that I felt I didn’t matter with my peers, my friends, my schoolmates. I was the one who was teased for the red hair, fair skin, skinny legs, and crooked teeth. I was the last one chosen for teams in PE. I was the one who wasn’t asked to dance at the school dance. I was the one who felt like she would never be loved or treasured by anyone but her family. Boy, was I wrong.
It’s amazing how much you learn once you enter the real world. I don’t want to say I’m perfect today, because I do still have some of those issues where I feel like I’m not good enough or don’t matter, but I don’t always feel like that. I know that I make a difference when I hold the door open for someone, or I give someone a hug when I meet them, or I compliment someone on their hair or makeup or outfit. I know that I make a difference by simply giving the homeless person a bag of food at the corner or by buying someone a drink at Starbucks in drive-thru. I once had someone tell me that I shouldn’t bother because I can’t change the world, but honestly, I believe that we can make a difference. Although that effect might not be shared on Facebook, published on a blog or written in the newspaper, we can make a difference…one person at a time.
It can be as simple as hugging your child or listening to a friend. It can be as simple as telling your spouse or partner how much they mean to you. It can be as simple as a smile or helping an old person across the street. It can be as simple as complimenting someone or delivering a plate of cookies to a neighbor. It could be as simple as thanking a soldier in uniform for their service or saying “Welcome Home” and “Thank You” to a military veteran. It could be as simple
While we may feel like a number in the billions of people on this planet or a number at our job, we do make a difference. We may not hear that we’ve made a difference and may not be able to change the world, but we can make a difference…one person at a time. We also should remember how much we affect those in our immediate lives…our children, our spouses, our parents, our siblings. heck…our extended family. Each one of us matter and can make a difference…if we really put our hearts and minds into it.
I’ve come to the realization that I do matter. I matter as a mother, a stepmother, a wife, a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a friend, a teacher, a learner….the list goes on. I hope that each of you realize you matter too!