We all have a little hero within us; a small (or large) part of us that just wants to make everything better. For me, this part of me is extremely large. After reading Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand (a revolutionary work of art!), I have come to realize that I have unknowingly tried to carry the weight of other people’s sorrows on my own shoulders, with the mindset that I could handle the pain and hurt, as long as those around me were happy. Throughout my journey into the CYC field, I have grown stronger, wiser and more open as a result of my experiences. I have become very passionate about human rights and helping people advocate for their own rights.  One of the most notable quotes I live by states:

Do not let your fire go out, spark by irriplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you deside can be won. It exists, it is real, it is possible… it’s yours. (Ayn Rand)

Being an advocate for change means being a support. It means being a guide. It means taking care. It means making difficult decision. It means pushing forward for change in social policy, and eventually legislation. When our kid’s kids grow up, what kind of system will they live through? What changes can we make that we wish we would have seen in our generation, or in generations before us? The change that I want to help continue to move forward is within the legal system. The change that I wish to embody is within society’s own structure. One step at a time, the world we desire is ours to claim.