New year ... new you.
How have you spent 2013 thus far? Has it been, or will it be, the same as any other year you've experienced, with great memories, hardships and many other emotions? My question is how are you making a positive impact this year?
Your life isn't about you but about the people you meet and how you helped them along the way. You are the one person helping one community, that is helping one nation, that is helping this one world. Funny how it all comes down to you, isn't it?
In all reality though, what you do does create that butterfly effect. You'll never know that you made that effect but if you always try to help someone out then we as a society cannot fail. What you do could be as huge as building schools in a Third World country or just being a friend to a kid that's a little different. In each of those examples there is one common chord -- you are giving someone else a chance.
What I'd like to focus on is just being a friend to someone during this new year. Isn't that what every human needs, a chance? A chance to prove that he or she can live up to his or her potential. A potential where people become an asset to not only society but to themselves for their own lives. We as humans want to be dependent upon ourselves, but for that to happen we all need a chance.
We see too many stories in the news lately about people using violence to gain attention. In their mind that is the only way they can truly gain attention from others. We, as the public, fuel this by giving attention to those criminals, and not the victims.
But have you ever thought that the criminal was a victim too, not when committing the violent act but perhaps in an earlier instance, whether they were bullied in school, at home or with their "friends." What if that kid wouldn't have been bullied; then we wouldn't have more victims because he would have never been a criminal. Now, I am not saying that we need to be best friends with everyone, but being more civil goes a long way.
I just feel like we are focusing too much on how to prevent problems by taking away things such as guns, ammunition and other weapons. For instance, someone is creating a jewelry line to fight violence by melting down guns. Why don't we instead focus on what we can do for that violent person so that no act is ever committed.? Guns don't kill people, people kill people. A gun is a just a tool to use to commit the act, but it can't commit the act on its own. You could kill someone with your car but it isn't the car's fault, it's the person driving it.
So my goal and wish for all of you is that you give people a chance during this new year. Treat people right, because it is the right thing to do. It's a new year, a new you, and a new chance for this world.
It isn't great acts by great people that make a huge difference; it is small acts by ordinary people that make an extraordinary difference. Be the change you want to see in the world.
Hunter DeVries is a senior at Fremont High who wants to hear what you are doing to make a positive change in the world. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.