Do you know those days when you go to a site, such as WordPress or YouTube or Twitter and you just get lost? Whether it is reading the blogs of others, listening to music, answering tweets, or some other form of locked focus, suddenly you realize that you have been at it for hours and are surprised by how time has just flown by?
Well, yesterday was one of those days for me, and YouTube was the site I found myself immersed in. It started out with music and somehow turned into viewing videos of really strange happenings, such as the 7-year-old boy who had an emergency operation and what would have been his twin, was removed from his abdomen, to stand up comics, to the kind of video that knocks your socks off and sort of kicks you in the behind.
One such video I must share with you all. If only more of us could have the passion and the guts that this girl has, we could make a difference. If only I, Cindy, could harness and develop my passion to the level this girl has already accomplished, I could make a real difference.
One person can and does make a difference. Because one person who speaks up or begins an action will be joined by one more, and then another and another, until there is a mass. Do you know the Trayvon Martin case? He was a 17-year-old boy in Florida who was shot by a 28-year-old neighborhood watch man. For more details, just Google Trayvon Martin. Due to some law called the “Stand Your Ground” law, the shooter, George Zimmermann, was not arrested and was not going to be charged. But the law did not fit the circumstances as a defense, so people immediately stood up, spoke up, and did something that made a difference.
According to the Washington Post, “44 days of marches, protest and acrimony on the air waves” led to Florida’s Special Prosecutor, Angela Corey, arresting and charging Zimmerman of Second Degree Murder. There have been quite a few updates and goings on about this case since then, and I do not yet know what they are, but the point is, action was taken and the goal of those actions was achieved.
The young girl in the following video is just one voice, but when one more speaks up and then another, the mass can and will be heard. This girl speaks of environmental issues. That may not be your cup of tea, but please do take a few moments to listen to her speech. She is knowledgeable, passionate, and angry. And she makes a damn good argument that I would be surprised if anyone would disagree with her.
What is it that I am passionate and angry about? Bullying! It is a national epidemic that needs one person at a time to step up, speak up, and do something, anything, to stop it. I am one person, but I am most certainly not alone in this fight. Many others are working tirelessly to educate, inform, and convince all who will listen that something needs to be done and is being done. Care to join me?