Be The Change

One of the hardest parts of being part of a movement for change, is being different. By nature, people like to blend in, be the same as their peers. If our friends are doing things 1 way, we inherently want to follow suit. Out of desire to fit in and not want to stand out and risk being shamed, disliked, or create conflict.

I suppose this is why most movements for change are started by people on the fringes of society, unafraid to be different. People will try to remind you why the old ways worked, they’ll try to encourage you to fall back into the norm, they may even shame or attack you for being different. As you learn it may become harder and harder to see the old ways. Going to events where you’ll see things that you now know isn’t right can hurt. Not being able to help, not being able to unsee the pain, fear, or stress you used to not notice, that no one else seems to see. It’s important to protect your heart, don’t take on challenges too big, it’s not your responsibility alone to change the world, it happens as a movement. Plant seeds, but don’t pick fights. Share knowledge to those who want to know, but don’t shove it in someone’s face. Live your change and be the example you wish to see.

Its not easy to stand up against a cultural norm, to confidently say “its time for something new”. But it is so important you stand strong, especially if the welfare of other people or animals is at stake. Change what you can, educate when people are ready to hear, and protect your heart from what you can’t bare to watch, and be the inspiration for those who want to change, but aren’t yet ready stand against the norm.

Be the change you want to see in the world. Don’t let society pressure you to do what you know in your heart isn’t right. When you know better, do better. And all the other quotes that mean the same thing…

“Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way” – Martin Luther King Jr.

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