Make a difference instead of creating excuses

brittanyMany people strive, on a daily basis, to make a difference in the world, but a great number of those many people do not believe it is possible.

A change of attitude or a boost in the right direction could be one of the things a person needs.  Many different perspectives are imaginable and a positive, ambitious attitude will produce the greatest results in any situation.

Whether you intend to lift the spirits of individuals singularly, or you hope to be a known influence throughout a state, nation, or even the world, you should know that if one’s person life changes for the better, you did a great thing.

It might seem like only the most powerful and famous inspirations have been effective.  However, the most influential events often end up being the ones that deeply encourage particular individuals to take actions to improve their life, another life, or any situation.

Madison Kimrey, a 12-year-old voting rights activist, is a textbook example of a seemingly helpless individual that has inspired, persuaded, and informed many people that one person really can “change the world.”  Kimrey is determined to reintroduce pre-registration for 16- and 17-year-olds in her home state of North Carolina.

Kimrey is a very young lady who is well-informed, and feels strongly about her rights as a U.S. citizen.  She is truly passionate about the privileges she can receive and has made it a goal to gain those rights.  Being involved at events and making herself known throughout her hometown has given her the opportunity to start organizations, be an advocate, meet with Gov. Pat McCrory, and even speak in response to him.

The response Kimrey gave to McCrory proves how informed and passionate she is.  It is incredible to hear how well-spoken she is.

Her speaking experience seems to exceed that of most high school students, as does her education level.  She is an inspiration even if a voting rights issue does not intrigue you.

There were four actions outline in the previous paragraphs that are vital to making a difference: be well-informed, remain passionate, get involved, and make yourself known.  If you follow these examples of Kimrey’s instead of making excuses, like I often find myself doing, you will find yourself making a bigger impact than you thought possible.  With a little thought and explanation, you might realize why each is important, and how much of an impact you didn’t realize each could have.

First: be knowledgeable and up-to-date about information.  This is how respect can be earned from others.  A person who knows exactly what they are talking about can easily provide examples and a variety of information.  Engaging with viewers is important and can prove the doubters wrong.

In the example case, Kimrey is unusually knowledgeable about the subject.  Mainly because of her age and overall expected intelligence level, she has a lot to prove to her listeners. Her consistency verifies her knowledge, though, and she has become respected in the political world of N.C.

Second: remain passionate.  Passionate does not seem like a strong enough word to explain how Kimrey feels about her rights as a voter.  The passion she has for the issue is undoubtedly solid and she cannot help but show it when she speaks.

If you are not passionate about something, I assume that you have no intentions of making a difference based on that subject.  The passion for a specific thing is likely to be what invented the desire to make a difference. Losing passion is going to force you to fail at your attempt.

Third: get involved.  Make the subject that you are passionate about a bigger part of your life.  In the beginning it might be hard, but starting organizations, big or small, is a simple and easy way to start your involvement and even prove your passion.

An example that Kimrey provides is her organization called North Carolina Youth Rock which promotes the rights of young voters.  Whatever it is that you want to promote, creating a Facebook page for it seems possibly pointless, but it is a simple way to begin what could be a greatly effective and inspirational event.

Finally: make yourself known.  It is extremely hard to do this, but everyone has to start somewhere.  To do this, you must also stay determined.  Starting with the things that seem too small to matter is more important and can end up being the most helpful in the end.

—Continued from the Dec. 5 print edition….

This has a great connection with each of the other points.  Being involved with a variety of groups of people will increase the number of individuals that recognize you.  If you get to know more people you can prove your knowledge and passion to them and, depending on how effective you can be, their friends and family as well.

These four things, to you, probably seem either very easy or extremely difficult to accomplish.  If they seem easy, you might not have something that you feel passionately enough about to tell everyone around you.  If they seem more challenging, you might have more on your mind than is possible to express.

Personally, making a difference has always been something that I want to do. My biggest obstacle is that I do not feel strongly enough about something specific.  I feel strongly about improving the lives of others in general, but, thus far, I find myself making more excuses than ways to accomplish something.  This is something that Madison Kimrey does not do.

Kimrey finds and creates ways to make herself known and get involved with her passionate subject: voting rights.  She has created a blog over the past few months and utilizes it to communicate her actions and opinions that have been effective.  In her latest post, she discusses her recent visits to different communities in NC.  Kimrey states in her blog in October: “The highlight of my experience was getting to meet two women who have inspired me and I consider to be my heros.”   Both ladies are described as influential in the political world and it is clear that Kimrey knows who is important and how to gain knowledge about her passion.  She is very involved with the right people and does not look for excuses or short cuts.  It is evident that she knows that the best time to take action is now.

Excuses.  It seems that they are the greatest problem with accomplishing anything.  There are so many to be thought of.  My roommate recently commented to me as we were discussing making a difference that, “I just need to do it, and quit finding reasons to not do it.” The latest one I have: “I’ll do it tomorrow.”  Whatever the task at hand had been, working out, eating healthy, getting up earlier, saving money, it doesn’t happen tomorrow.  So my workouts don’t get done, I eat out “one more time,” I sleep in until the last minute, and I spend most of the money I made waitressing the night before.  This is a horrible start for making a difference.  I’m creating so many excuses for myself that I am not even making a difference in my own life.  How am I going to make a difference in anyone else’s life if I am failing to make a difference in my own?

I hope I am not the only one that is wondering this and I also hope I am not the only one, being 20 years old, who feels kind of foolish for admiring a 12-year-old as much as I do.

I think I need that change of attitude and boost in the right direction that I mentioned at the beginning.  It is easy for me to notice the remarkable things about the young Madison Kimrey.  Now I, and hopefully many of you, can take these recognitions while we all stop making excuses and start by making a difference in our own lives.

Throwing a pile of excuses away each day instead of producing two piles and remembering how much of a great influence such a young individual can have on us so many states away is only the beginning of an extraordinary result.  Start with yourself first.  Determine what is important to you and who influences you the most.  What does that person do?  How does that person think about life?  Do they make countless excuses each day?

I do not know if I should expect this piece to make a huge difference, but like I said earlier, even if one person’s life is changed for the better, you did the right thing.  I hope that someone can use my ways of thinking as an example to attempt to make a difference.  The repetition of the bad things about excuses, if nothing else, might stick in your mind.  If that is the case, at least you will be making a difference in your own life, which, personally, I think will lead to making a difference in other lives that was never expected.


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1 Response

  1. Trish Hauk says:

    Well said, Bethany!!

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