This isn’t a political post. I’m for Obama, but that has nothing to do with this. I know way too many people who didn’t vote, on both sides of the election. Did you vote? If not, why not? I voted on my way to the airport yesterday morning before catching a flight back to Costa Rica. That doesn’t make me any better than anyone who didn’t vote, but it does mean that I took action regardless of my circumstances. Luckily (for me and other democrats) enough people did vote, but barely.
If you would have voted for Obama, but Romney won, how would you feel right now? That was really close to happening. What if you wanted Romney to win and didn’t vote? Now you’re probably thinking that it could have made a difference, and you’d be right.
This isn’t a lecture about you voting, but rather about taking action for what you believe in. Beyond voting, what are the things you believe in that you’re not taking action with? Even if you did vote, in what other areas of your life are you not taking action?
Please start now. Start saying what should be said and doing what should be done. Allow yourself to move your ego to the side and start giving. If you feel like you should say something to someone, the ego is what tells you not to. But that one moment of reaching beyond your comfort zone is what creates real change. I can say from experience that I am who I am today because of people who said and did what they felt they should, regardless of what I might think about them. They changed me forever, and you can do the same for someone else, even a stranger.
Trust me, you will gain way more than you could ever imagine if you start taking action now. Try it once today. When you feel like saying or doing something, but then that little voice in your mind tells you not to – do it anyway. Obviously I’m talking about positive things, not doing or saying something to hurt someone else. You seriously never know when something seemingly little can make the biggest difference in someone’s life.