I am important.

I Am Important
Everyone should think this.  Everyone has something to say, something that is capable of making a difference in others’ lives.  I strongly believe that the time has finally come for people to work together instead of against each other; To cooperate rather than compete; To build instead of tear down.  We all need to affirm and be affirmed to do this.

Even as I wrote these sentences on the poster, I doubted it. I was brought up to believe that there would always be something better than my best, and that good is never really good enough. You had to be the best – the top of the class. It is easy at this point for me to blame the country that I live in for its strict and inflexible meritocratic system; my parents for trying to force me into their formula of success; my schools for placing academic achievement over all else. But this is not that kind of blog post. This post is about empowerment.

My sensibilities would never have allowed me to say something like that to myself before this.  Being important is considered pride.  Fitting in and doing what you are supposed to in society is placed at a premium over being heard and trying to be deviant.  I guess it must have been the high context culture that I am in, and the fact that my mother always believed in quiet hard work.  If it served her well enough to bring up 3 kids, it must be good enough to guarantee a future for her son right?

Well, I’m starting to think different.  At this point of my life, there are just so many possibilities out there.  There is so much that I want to be able to do.  I want to be able to make a difference in the lives of others.  I want to try ideas and to do things that I have never done before.  All these requires me to stop double-guessing myself and doubting my capabilities.  In order to make a difference, I need to be different.

It’s not going to be easy.  Sometimes life happens and you think about what to do later.  But I am going to promise myself to make a more conscious effort to do and share about the things that matter to me.  This is gonna be exciting!

Here’s to me. =)

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