I recently talked in a previous post about how I believe all my classmates would do something to better/change the world. Recently, some of us were taking advantage of half off burgers at one of the local eateries, when this was said (this is not verbatim) “ man, if for some reason i don’t succeed, it certainly will not be for the lack of trying or for the lack of effort. everyone is talking about leaving this class and changing the world. not me, I just would really like a front end job at a brewery and be able to drink beer and code.”
Now, I found this statement incredible. He said everyone wanted to change the world, but not him, like he didn’t think he could. But I wonder if he actually realized that he already was. He was going after what he wanted. He was trying to become what he wanted to be. To make a reality out of those words he so ineptly spoke moments before. If he continued to say things like that. And if he happened to share his story down the road, it very well could inspire someone to go for it. To take a chance, to take a risk, to follow their dreams and passions, to do better for themselves. Because that, right there, would be changing the world in my opinion. There are so few people that are willing to risk it, to chase their dreams, or do something others think they can’t. If we could only get more people to do the same thing, to give up the fucking complacency that they seem to hold near and dear, then the world would be changing for the better in my opinion.
What I truly envy are those that are changing the world. Those that are improving others lives. Those that are helping to help others change the world. And most of all, those that are changing the world without realizing they are even doing so, even if they think they might.
Take that comment and insert my current instructor, Nick. Dude is a beast at what he does(beast in the most awesome freaking way possible). He is teaching us ruby on rails. He is teaching us how to find answers. How to work through problems on our own. He is never leaving us hanging. But it is equally up to us to put forth the effort to find those answers, though at times it is incredibly trying. But he is enabling all of us to do things, that in my opinion, I never even thought I could do. He is helping us to become what we want to be. Giving us the tools to be successful, if we choose to be. He is providing us the opportunity to change the world. And that, is world changing.
Here’s to the crazy ones — the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things. They push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do. -Steve Jobs