Editor’s Note: This post contains spoilers for the movie “Away We Go.”
Today I was scrolling through Facebook and came across an article about a dog meat factory in South Korea.
The post had a video of wide-eyed, scared dogs and, even, puppies in cages. I couldn’t watch more than a few seconds.
An aspect about social media and the constant news cycle that I don’t always like is that you are constantly surrounded by posts and stories such as this one. Now, don’t get me wrong. I definitely appreciate and value the people who are behind gathering and delivering this information because spreading awareness of these issues does make a significant impact.
However, when I see a video such as this one or read stories of repression, cruelty, and loss, I start to feel hopeless, angry, and powerless. So many horrendous events are occurring every minute all around the world, and every time I hear about them, I want to help each and every person impacted.
But I can’t. No one can.
When I begin to feel this way, I think of this scene in one of my favorite movies, “Away We Go.”
The movie focuses on a couple who just found out the woman, Verona (Maya Rudolph), is pregnant, and they embark on a journey to search for a home where they can raise their daughter.
Towards the end, the man, Burt (John Krasinski), finds out his brother’s wife has abandoned her husband and child. That’s when Verona says something that has always resonated with me:
“All we can do is be good for this one baby. We don’t have control over much else.”
So whenever those anxious emotions threaten to pour over me, I remember that quote.
And I do my part.
I have a couple causes that I deeply care about that affect how I carry out certain aspects of my life and what type of products I buy. I try to listen and support those around me when they need me and do what I can to help others.
So whenever you start to feel powerless, stop. Because you have power, more than you know.
If there is a social issue you care about, investigate ways you can help. There are so many organizations that need volunteers and donations; any bit helps. Websites such as Change.org allow you to search and sign petitions for thousands of issues and causes. If you know someone going through a hard time financially and feel comfortable doing so, start a crowdfunding page for them. If you have a legislative concern, contact your local representative, and voice your opinion.
It’s true that no one person can sweep away the problems of the world. But the more people who do tap into their power and voices, the closer we will be to a brighter tomorrow.
What causes do you care about? How do you make a difference? Share in the comments below, or find me on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or LinkedIn.