This Election Day, Look at the Man in the Mirror

I’m 21. Most of my constituents are optimistic for the future, hungry about the impact they can have. That’s the beauty of a freshly minted college student. Given time they’ll become jaded and complacent (as many do) and stop believing that they can do anything other than buckle up and try to enjoy the ride.

Michael Jackson has a message for both the moonshot twenty-something and the complacent Baby Boomer who believes you need to be special to change anything in this world:

“I’m starting with the man in the mirror
I’m asking him to change his ways
And no message could have been any clearer
If you wanna make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself, and then make a change.”

Change is like an oxygen mask on an airplane - be the change before even thinking about turning to someone else. Today, while you’re fulfilling your civic duty to vote, realize that it doesn’t end there. Make time today for a little introspection. Ask yourself, “am I holding myself to the same high standards that I hold the public?”

If you can’t get the man in the mirror to make a change, how’re you going to change anything else? And on the flip-side, for those disenchanted old souls who feel like pawns in a bigger game, one that takes place in a world separate from where you exist - you don’t have to be privy to those backroom dealings to make a difference. It starts with you.

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”
- Leo Tolstoy