I Believe Great things can come from ordinary people

Amber - Brazoria, Texas
Entered on March 11, 2009
Age Group: Under 18
Themes: change

I remember walking down the crowded school hallways, filled with people wearing our new school shirts. The two girls walking in front of me are talking about the new shirts, saying they are ugly. “On the contrary,” I think. On the back of the shirts is one of Gandhi’s most inspirational quotes, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” That quote is what I try to live my life by.

I believe that any ordinary person can make changes to our world, whether big or small. Many ordinary people have changed the world by taking a chance. The changes those people have made were then things out of the ordinary, but today typical everyday beliefs. For example slavery was once something people saw everyday of their lives, but now it’s something people can’t bear to mention.

People who have helped change our world for the better include Harriet Tubman, Abraham Lincoln, and Martin Luther King Jr. All of these ordinary people once crossed the boundaries or right and wrong, and are now known across the globe.

I remember seeing commercials on TV politely asking you to donate money to help feed families in Africa. It showed an English man with a head full of white hair walking around a street, and he would stop by every few houses and talk to the people residing there. Some of the houses were old card board boxes and some were better, sturdier houses. Whenever the man walked into the poorly built houses, there were usually a child and its mother. They both looked hungry and miserable. The child was so skinny that you could see its ribs.

After watching that commercial a few times, I decided that I need to do something to help those people. While surfing the internet, I found the website for Peace Corps. I was immediately intrigued at the efforts people put out to help people around the world. When I’m in college, I plan on joining the Peace Corps to help those less fortunate. I believe I can change the world.