Our generation has been afforded many luxuries and it’s time to start giving back.
A friend of mine sent me an email with words to live by and I think they sum things up quite nicely…EVERYTHING MATTERS, MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
It’s important to get involved. Below are five steps you can take to get out there and be part of the bigger picture!
Voting is a privilege that people have died for. Unfortunately, it seems the more privileges we have, the more we abuse them. We forget how lucky we are to live in a democracy, where our voice counts. So, shout from the rooftops, and make your concerns heard. Even if it’s voting for your Student Council president, VOTE! One vote can make a difference, just ask Al Gore.
#2: Get involved in politics
I know most of us hear the word, tune out instantly and think…BORING. But, politics rule the world. And not just on an international scale. Decisions made by politicians affect us everyday. When an election comes around, read up on the candidates and what they stand for, and once you’ve learned all about them, decide for yourself who you think best represents your interests. Learn about the structure of our government and the history behind it. I guarantee this stuff will come up in the future, and hey, it doesn’t hurt to be a well-informed person.
#3: Read the paper or watch the news, every day
Believe it or not, it’s not all crap. I know sometimes it can feel irrelevant to your already compelling life but you won’t believe some of the stuff that happens on a daily basis, it’s actually pretty exciting. Plus, it helps socially…here’s a cool trick: I read the newspaper everyday, and remember one interesting fact, and then I mention the fact to every person I meet that day and they suddenly think I’m smarter than I really am. Try it, it works.
#4: Have an opinion
Although I think it’s important to know what’s going on in the world, we’re all aware of the biases in our news media. Everybody has a bias, whether they mean to or not, and it affects the way they present a story. Your job is to take the facts and create your own opinion. Don’t always believe everything you hear, watch or read. Do your own research and make an informed decision. Ah, the brain can be a beautiful thing once you know how to use it.
#5: Pick a cause, any cause
Think of one issue you feel absolutely passionate about and do something about it. If the destruction of the rainforests make you weep, join Greenpeace. If your heart belongs to our furry friends, there’s the World Wildlife Fund or the Humane Society to volunteer with. If you know someone who has cancer, do some fundraising. There is bad stuff in the world and it is our responsibility to do what we can to stop it! As clichéd as it may sound, one person can make a difference, just look at Nelson Mandela or Martin Luther King Jr.
That’s the way I see it.
Sara Cauchon is a popular TV host on a numerous shows including GirlzTV, Rooms That Rock, Global News. And one of our friends: Sara has joined Faze on exciting trips to places like San Diego and Tobago!!!
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