Let your passion guide you
This might be my last post for a while. School is getting busier, and the project that started all of this will be wrapping up in just a few weeks. Bear with me in this post. I’m feeling sentimental.
I’ve talked about a lot here on medium, though I feel like a few times I’ve repeated myself. Then again, I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing.
Sometimes, the things we think are important, the things that ring in our ears and keep us up at night, can’t be heard the first time by other people. Sometimes, we have to scream them into the empty air before we can attract an audience to listen. And sometimes, the audience is smaller than we imagined. Sometimes, the audience never shows up at all.
I learned a few important things about causes throughout the course of this project. This class was designed to teach me a great deal about modern media and technology, the tools and the methods used to reach an audience and be convincing, and the various forms that this media might take. It has accomplished this, and then some. Inadvertently, I’ve learned that not everyone can be convinced that your cause is worthy. I’ve learned that a lot of people have causes of their own, which will always take precedence over yours. And, most importantly, I’ve learned that that’s a great thing.
Right now, the flag I fly is Doctors Without Borders. That is my cause, my mission. That is the campaign I am a part of, and the organization I believe in. That doesn’t mean there aren’t other things going on in my life, or other things that I find important. It just means that right now, all the money I donate to charity goes to Doctors Without Borders. All the lip service I perform on someone else’s behalf I perform for Doctors Without Borders. It is the charity I am passionate about, and their mission statement is the cause I most fervently support. In me, they have created an ally, an patron, and an educator.
And educate I have. Or at least, I have tried. I have told people who Doctors Without Borders is, what they represent, and, most importantly, what it is they do. I have told you and whoever else would listen that 89% of all donations go towards helping those in crisis centers. I’ve told you and others how many thousands they’ve saved, how many tens of thousands they’ve educated, and how many hundreds of thousands have drinking water and vaccinations because of their efforts and generosity. I have lent my excitement to their initiative, and won them at least a few donors in the process. And through them, I’ve helped those who know only too well how crucial their humanitarian work really is.
These are all wonderful things, and the world is better, perhaps not noticeably to you personally, but still measurably better because of them.
However, that’s not all that’s happened. I’ve also met other educators, people who also had the passion to educate on the behalf of an organization, a cause, they believed in. I’ve spoken with advocates for minority groups on campus and beyond. I’ve learned about the difference between good and corrupt charities in the United States. I’ve learned to speak and be aware of my words’ effects on others — that even if it’s a common expression, that doesn’t make it okay. I’ve seen so much other passion, so much individual excitement and drive to see the world be better. So in this post, I’d like to try and pass some of that passion onto you.
Honestly, Doctors Without Borders is a charity I believe in, helping people I am thrilled to see helped. I still encourage any and all people to donate to them, whether that donation be time or money or just endorsement. But if my cause isn’t the most worthy cause to you, please don’t hesitate to tell me what is. Don’t ever hesitate to tell anyone.
My challenge to you is to go out and find a worthy cause to champion, a worthy organization or mindset to rally behind. If you don’t yet know what cause should be yours, do the research. As someone who just this year discovered their banner, I can promise you it’s worth it.
And if you do have a cause that’s worthy and noble, a cause that makes the world a better, happier, more loving place, don’t be afraid to spread the word. Don’t be afraid to shout it out to the empty air. I’m not alone in this. There are millions of people who want to know what initiative is worthy of more attention. In the spirit of this project, of my university, don’t be afraid to serve a worthy cause. Ut Prosim.
There I go again. Throughout this who post, I’ve been repeating myself. But like I said at the beginning, that’s not a bad thing. Don’t worry about repeating yourself. Just make sure your message gets out. Eventually, someone will hear you.