A lot of people think of the New Year as a time to change. Some take the time to reflect on the past; others to contemplate the future. But, we should just live in each day that is given to us. A lot of us are lucky to see another day. That time shouldn’t be wasted worrying about what has been, or will be, done.
I feel people should just live life. Take each day like it’s your last. Do the things that you love to do. Do what makes you happy. Just live life. Don’t let what happened affect what will. Don’t let future worries dominate the now. Too many of us do that. And honestly, it isn’t healthy. You should live in the present day.
We shouldn’t let the little things in life control how we are, how we act. We shouldn’t let what others think become the truth. It’s only true when you start to believe it. We should be a little less selfish. All of us need to be a little less judgmental. The world should have more compassion.
To put things into perspective:
We live on a tiny planet, in a tiny tiny galaxy, in a tiny universe. There are billions of other planets out there. Millions of other galaxies. Millions of other universes.
The small things that we worry about are nothing compared to that.
We live in a time where technology rules the human race. It dominates our everyday lives. We fight each other and try to better one another over the latest technology. We go to war over materialistic nonsense. And for what? To put up this facade that if you don’t own the latest gadget, you are less than those who do?
I think this year should be about a change in society. A global revolution. We should start caring about each other more. We should stop trying to fit into the false idea of an ever-evolving futuristic world. We should start caring about what is important to us.
Those important things are caring for those you love first. Caring for a neighbor in need.
So, you got an iPad 2 instead of an iPad mini? Tell that to the millions of starving children around the world. You’re pissed your computer is running slow? Whine about it to the millions who are being kept as slaves today. Your favorite social media site is down? Go outside and do something good for your community. Having a tough time at work? Bitch about it to the millions with no homes, let alone jobs.
This is the world we live in. And this has to change.
So, here’s my pitch:
If you can put down your phone, your video game, your TV remote, etc. and go outside, it’s a big start. Try to find what you can do for your community. Interact with people. Talk to your neighbors. Become an actual community. I promise you, after doing a good deed, you will feel better. And you may want to just do another. Encourage others to do the same. Whether it be a friend or a family member, try to spreed the cause. I’m not saying go spend the day spending money or putting your life in danger. Just something as little as a smile or a greeting. Or maybe asking someone if they need help with anything.
All these things are ways to start building your community and bringing compassion to the world. You could inspire someone to travel to another country and help the poor and sick. You could help better the lives of others.
Or you could just continue living the life of a tech-zombie. You can continue to stress over the small things, but never do anything to change it. You can continue to let the propaganda of CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, etc. keep you in a vegetative state. You can sit on the couch and get sucked into the latest celeb gossip. All while the world is suffering behind you.
It’s up to you to make a difference in your life. It’s up to you to help make a difference in the world. Whether you do it through architecture, music, art, teaching, science, athletics, or whatever your passion may be; you can change the world. Don’t you ever let anyone tell you different.
I find it funny how the biggest news of the New Year is that 2013 is the first year since 1987 to have four different numbers… Well, I think the change we need is more than 26 years past due.
I wish you all a great and peaceful New Year. May greatness come to us all.