“No matter what people will tell you, words and ideas can change the world.” –Robin Williams

My goal in life is to change the world. Simple as that, my passion is to leave the world better than I found it. There is a lot of darkness, pain, and loneliness that just eats away at everyone and I yearn to be one person who is changing that. I want to be known for loving the “unlovable” and being a constant when people had no one else to turn to. Its discouraging, though, because I always get off putting reactions.

“You can’t change the world.”

“How much impact can one person have?”

“Why don’t you set a reachable goal?”

I get the perspective. It’s logic and one person changing the world just doesn’t make sense. What about Jesus, Martin Luther King Jr., Benjamin Franklin, Mother Theresa and yes, even Robin Williams? What about the impacts they all had on the individuals they were surrounded with? What about the communities they impacted and how that rippled into the world?

Maybe the impact on change we have isn’t solving world hunger or finding the cure for cancer. Maybe I change the world because I want to do it and the actions I take to create that change do have even the smallest positive effect.

What if when I change the world all I really do is change myself? I think that’s enough. No matter what you hear, what others say or what negative narrative floats through your mind, it’s the words, ideas, and actions you hold on to that will make a difference.

What are people telling you can’t be done? It doesn’t matter. You believe in you.

I know somehow, I’m going to change the world.

Sarah Deats

Sarah Deats is the Hope Inc. Stories Inspiration Engineer. Her goals are to make a connection with everyone that she can while building community, spreading hope, and sparking change. She believes that while life may not be easy, it is never lived alone.