“It’s the action, not the fruit of the action, that’s important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there’ll be any fruit. But that doesn’t mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.” – Mahatami Gandhi

In society today and throughout the world there are issues arising daily that are destroying our world little bit by little bit. War, hunger, poverty, bullying, politics…. why do we live by these issues and allow them to occur, creating an atmosphere for ourselves and future generations to have to live through? We all are waiting for them to stop, for things to be cured, trying to sweep the problems under the carpet and continue with our lives. We all think ‘It will end eventually,” or perhaps “Someone will stop it.” Well how will anything in the world be changed or become resolved when we are all saying the same things, waiting for other people to take the stand and make a difference?

It occurred to me the other day when I was reading some articles and I came across the quote by Gandhi above, and it hit me that we all need to start making some choices- one in particular. Are we going to sit by and await the change, see the change, or are we going to get up and BE the change, MAKE the change. Who are we all awaiting and relying on? It’s us, the people of the society that are here for a purpose. Whether we meet that purpose, well that’s our choice. It may not seem possible, it may seem like the wrong time, you may not know what the outcome will be, but if it is the ‘right’ thing then it is possible, it is the right time, and the outcome is the beauty of your work and dedication. As Gandhi said, ‘But if you do nothing, there will be no result.’ So what is the harm in trying?

You may be wondering why I am writing this post and my answer is one, I want to inspire you all to exceed your abilities and limits; show the world the possibilities awaiting, display our inner power, and our need for change. Two, I’ve discovered it’s MY time to MAKE the difference I want to see. I decided I’m done sitting on the side line, I’m going out into this battlefield of a world and making a difference. I don’t care if I don’t see a difference tomorrow, I don’t care if I get recognition, I don’t care if I get judged or do not have support behind my actions;  as Helen Keller said,

 

 

“I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everthing, but still I can do something; I will not refuse to do something I can do.”  –Helen Keller

 

My first step into this change was choosing my platform for Miss Teen Canada World. To encourage girls to be confident in who they are and that inner beauty overrides any type of outer beauty. What makes you a beautiful person are your inner beauty which shines through and is visible to the world and people around you. By promoting this platform I am hoping to end or attempt to resolve issues such as bullying, eating disorders, depression, and rather dwell on the amazing attributes and uniqueness every individual has to offer.

When I was promoting my platform in elementary classes I asked them to all write on a piece of paper the most beautiful thing about them that makes them unique.

My second step: promoting this platform everywhere I go. There was no way I could make a change without telling people about my platform, why I was doing it, what needed to be done to make the difference, and start teaching others and relaying my knowledge on the subject. Speaking to classes at elementary schools, and holding events where I could speak about my platform were ways I began. I believe that children learn from children. I am classified a little older than elementary students now, but the connection between us is much closer than with adults. Human beings and children especially will and can be stubborn individuals. It’s a known that kids refuse to listen to what parents have to say. This is why being so young, I think I have a chance at success in teaching younger children. Speaking to the kids and telling them about my platform is important in it’s success of change because kids are our future. We are the generation next to manage the world. So everyday I make it my job to influence girls I come across about inner beauty and asking them to help me with my platform by making one little change; loving themselves for all their wonderful attributes and uniqueness. It takes one to start the change, and it takes one to continue it; that is my motto.

So I would like to leave you with this question to think about,

Are you going to SEE the change, or BE the Change?

 

Hannah Cassidy

Miss Teen Bruce County World 2013

xoxox

 

 

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