This is my advice to everyone out there growing up, graduating school, entering the world, or just questioning their place in it:
Those who never make waves, never create change. They never protest against wrong, just so they can keep the peace. They sit quietly through injustice and indignities, just because they have been told to. They allow wrong and evil to thrive, because they have been told this is how it is. And they follow the rules like good boys and girls should.
But believe me when I say, everyone who has ever impacted this world for the better stood up, said no to those in power, drew attention, caused a ruckus, made a fuss, and said, “This is not right!” They stood firm when they needed the strength of an oak tree, and bent when wisdom called for the flexibility of a cattail in the wind.
Be an artist, for the world always needs more beauty. Create, build, work with your hands, as too many people have lost that skill. Never stop playing in the sand or running in the waves, and never stop laughing. Remember always, there is no well travelled path to success. There is, however, a well stomped down trail for those who just accept the average.
And for the parents of a willful child, be thankful; for that trait will serve them well in life. Give them a sense of right and wrong, and embolden them with the courage and heart to use integrity and honesty as their guiding light.
I’ll end with my favourite quote by Mark Twain: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
– Micheline, outspoken believer in human rights, equality, social justice and respect; spiritual atheist; sees the good in everyone, the power of kindness, the courage of humility and ability of humour to unite people; social advocate; non-profit fundraiser; political hopeful