The older I get, the more I strongly believe that we all have the power to change our worlds. Whether in subtle or earth-shattering ways, we can all create change. Fortunately, I heard this message from my parents early in my life, and it was then further nurtured by a handful of incredible change-makers along the way. But not everyone hears this message or is empowered to believe they can make an impact. Now, as a parent, psychologist, and nonprofit founder, I see this as one of my most important jobs: to help others realize their agency.
As author J.K. Rowling has said, “We do not need magic to change the world. We have the power we need inside ourselves already. We have the power to imagine better.”
We do not need magic. THAT is why the concept of the recently launched Chat Series is so important. Through live events that “engage, entertain, educate, and inspire,” the Chat Series clearly sends the message that we are all a part of creating change. While most of us will never achieve the status or celebrity of their featured speakers, we can learn from them, engage in conversation about the messages shared, and consider how to use our unique talents to make our own mark. In a world of magical Instagram filters and the bland highlight reels of social media, isn’t this what we desperately need? Real, authentic dialogue that facilitates genuine connection, understanding, and growth.
REbeL was created with this very goal in mind. REbeL works within the realm of body image and disordered eating, and we advocate for a world in which individuals are valued for who they are rather than how they look. We imagine better. Perhaps this is a cause you want to throw your energy behind as well. Or maybe you want to increase access to books for those in need or raise awareness of rare diseases. The bottom line is you CAN create change. You CAN make an impact. There is something we all can do.
“I am only one, but I am still one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. And because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.” – Helen Keller
There is something we all can do. We need more “chats.” More young people who believe in themselves. More individuals “rebelling” against doing things the way they’ve always been done. More open discussions about making our communities better. And more companies willing to give back to make this happen.
Just remember, we do not need magic. We need you.
*Appreciation and thanks goes to the Chat Series and Bishop McCann for working to be a catalyst for change and for giving back by inviting those who might not otherwise have the chance to hear these messages.
By Dr. Laura Eickman, Psy.D., REbeL Founder