I remember as May of the year 2000 approached, all the seniors in my class prepared for that big day, the day we had been working toward for so long approached, graduation, I tried to figure out how I could get out of attending. I thought, “There are 500 kids in my class graduating, no one will notice if I don’t walk across the stage”. You see, I hadn’t achieved the top grades in my class, or any great achivement in sports. I didn’t star in the school play, or even have tons of friends. I was the girls whose name often was forgotten, who didn’t stand out in any crowd, but often hid in the back trying not to be noticed.
Anyone else ever feel like that? Have that feeling that their existence was merely that? Just existing. Never achieving grateness. Not becuase you weren’t capable of it, but because you didn’t believe you were capable of doing it. For many years I lived in regret. Saying to myself, “If I had applied myself in high school I could have done so much more with my life” or “if I would have tried in college I would have been able to have a dream job”. Until that day I stopped living in that regret and started doing. I may have missed out on opportunities years ago, but I have many oppprunities ahead of me that i just need to reach for.
I often think back to all the moments in our history where one person believed enough to make a difference. What if Rosa parks didn’t believe in herself enough to sit at the front of the bus? What if Picasso didn’t believe he had talent as an artist? Or is JK Rowling didn’t believe she was a good writer? And then I remember those many people who have shaped life as we know it today, all because they believed in their significance.
Today I remind myself, I am significant. I have the ability to make a difference.