We have the power to imagine better

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First, how amazing is this image?! I found it on Pinterest, followed the link and found the crazy talented Risa Rodil. You have to check out her art!

Back to the topic at hand.

Let’s talk about change. We all have the ability to create change. The way you interact with others, the way you view the world, it all contributes to creating a better place for tomorrow. We all have magic inside us, we just need to let it out. So how do we initiate change?

We can initiate change with our actions. Be kind to others. Treat them with respect. Speak up when you witness injustice. Always remember that relationships are more important than money. Be awesome.

That is how you create change. Be your wonderful, caring self. We are all responsible for creating a brighter place for those that come after us. So get to it.

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Some people will only love you as long as you fit in their box. Don’t be afraid to disappoint.

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I’ve been thinking about this idea of being placed in a box for a while now. We build boxes to contain people and we form them with ideas and norms we understand. When we don’t understand others, when they don’t fit into these boxes that have been built, they are ridiculed and judged.

For example, as a society we have built gender boxes. We believe men should be strong, masculine, show no feelings, and be providers. But when they don’t fit into this “ideal” they are emasculated, called feminine names to be belittled, and put down (which is problematic because you are saying that being a woman is being less than a man).

When it comes to women, we are supposed to want to have kids, get married, be feminine, wear dresses, have few sexual partners, etc. The whole idea of what makes a man or a woman is absolutely ridiculous. Gender is not black or white but instead a continuum. We all identify with traits that have been assigned to either gender.

Beyond just gender constraints there are other boxes built. There are boxes built by fandoms, by corporate offices, social circles, etc. You are supposed to fit into their ideals. They want you to fit into their boxes.

But don’t. Don’t force yourself to be someone you are not. Be your awesome self and the people that truly care about you will continue to do so. If people don’t get it, then they aren’t meant to be a part of your life.

I’ve always cared far too much about other people’s opinions of me, and I still do. I worry if someone will read my blog and think I am weird or stupid. I worry that a dress I wear might make me look fat and people will judge me for what I eat. We all have worries and fears but those who love you won’t care. They will celebrate your uniqueness.

Don’t worry so much about fitting in. You were meant to stand out and be yourself. So do it!

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Don’t let anyone drown out your voice

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I know it can be easy to allow our voices to go unheard. Maybe others speaker louder, are more vocal. We get shy or worry that  other’s won’t understand our thoughts and ideas. I want to encourage you to use your voice. When you see injustice in the world, speak up. When you see someone being bullied or ridiculed, use your voice. When you bear witness to inequality in the world, be it in media, news, work, or somewhere else, speak up.

We all possess power. We can use our voices to inspire change in our society.

“When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.” -Malala Yousafzai

Be a force in the world. Inspire change.

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