Do you ever feel like you’ve got to leave your mark behind on this earth? That you can’t just live your life and leave without leaving something positive behind? By making some kind of difference in the world?
I’ve had these thoughts many times before. Over and over again, they play back throughout my mind. The belief that I could do something more became stronger and stronger as I grew older.
I realized it wasn’t a career that would do it. No money or success would fulfill the simple basic need of giving back and leaving a positive footprint on this planet. Having a family was one goal that I believe strongly fits into this mold. Raising happy, healthy, productive future citizens is one of my uttermost desires and goals. Yet on a personal level, I needed something as well. Something for me yet for someone else. A footprint that would be left behind somewhere in the world.
A trace left behind that I was here in this world and doing something to make it a better place.
Such as the two reading centers I was able to fund in rural Nepal where children for generations to come will be able to learn to read. Like the lives I impacted while volunteering in Costa Rica, Guatemala and Morocco. Perhaps the child I helped immunize somewhere in the developing world by my advocacy and fundraising for global vaccines for Shot@Life. Or the words I’ve written on this blog to inspire a stranger.
I’m just one person. I’m just me. Yet I plan to be here and make a difference.
I’m not sure yet but I’m determined. And look out, I won’t stop anytime soon. I won’t leave this earth without “being here”.
Check out this inspiring video sung by the talented Beyonce on World Humanitarian Day. We all can make a difference. Just think if we each did something to leave our mark, what a place this world would be.
“World Humanitarian Day” August 19, 2012
“One day, one message, one goal. To inspire people all over the world to do something good, no matter how big or small, for someone else”