A quick reflection: how did you help the world today?

In the past few months I’ve been questioning my self-worth and if I’ve accomplished anything yet. And truthfully, I haven’t done anything. Just like any other person in this world, I too just blend into society. I never really had any big goals growing up about what I want to be or what I want to do. But now, I realized I don’t want to be another college student giving exams and handing in assignments. Do those tasks measure my self-worth? Is joining an X amount of clubs going to show my leadership skills? Is making ‘connections’ and networking really going to make me any more successful? At the end of the day, does any of that even matter?

I guess I’m over this college journey. Not in the sense that I don’t want to hang out with my friends or explore the city while I’m young and without any major responsibilities (but even those are piling up). I feel stuck. I feel like I want to do so much more in terms of giving back to society, but here I am spending four years in college being stressed out for numbers. After college I’ll be working to pay off my college loans. After I pay off my college loans I’ll be looking at buying a home to start a family. Then, when is the best time to give back?

We all want to change the world, but we want to do that so it goes on a resume. But that’s not the only way to change the world. You change the world by doing a task in which you act selflessly, something called service.

Take a minute. Close your eyes and ask, at this moment in your life, how are you helping the world?

If you don’t have an answer, start small by just being kind and listening to your friends, family, peers, etc. Then, find a way to change the world for the better (which doesn’t necessarily have to be for the bigger).

Just a thought on a Sunday night in the middle of midterms, halfway through the semester.

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