Who am I? Who are you? Ten years from now, will you have left your mark on this world? The little mark that's supposed to show that you were once living, and did your part?
I don't believe in being a worldly person, but I do believe in making a difference. I believe in working together to make this world a better place. Those words are often used in corny speeches, but have no doubt, I'm being sincere.
We often live to survive. Our main focus is on how to get home, what's for dinner, and how we'll pay the bills this month. What if we didn't just live to survive, but to thrive? To thrive in this big world and make a change?
I often find myself against the glass, working and stressing over trivial things. I was reminded recently to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. Finally I understood: Life should be more than survival.
We only have our children for so long. We only have so many breaths, so many steps to take, so many words. Why do we find ourselves not taking advantage of every day we have?
I challenge you to do something a little crazy, something epic, maybe a random act of kindness. Look at the big picture, and go for your dreams too.
Make every day count. Find who you are, and be it.
Lauren Woods is a blogger and student at Burnsville High School.