To become someone great.
That was what I wanted to be when I was a kid. The truth is, I’m afraid. I’m afraid of being forgotten. I’m afraid of becoming less than a speck of dust in the vast universe.
I want to leave a mark.
I want to be remembered even years after my death. So I do my best today and study. Study and study so that perhaps, in the future I would be able to completely take hold of my life and stir it to greatness. Because becoming great, means standing on those pedestals, where people can see you and where people can hear you. And I think, if they do, then maybe they’d listen.
And together, we can make the world a little better.
But I’m no longer the naive girl who believed that. Growing up, I saw a lot of angles of reality. And I saw those faces in the news and I saw how tall they stood on their pedestals. The truth is, the world is already teeming with great people. Great people who have the power to do what I wanted to do.
But is the world a little better?
I look at it and shake my head. And I started to think.
We have great people. In fact, we have a lot of them. But maybe they’re not exactly what we need. Maybe it isn’t entirely about greatness. Because if it is, I don’t think we’d be having all those rallies around.
I remember the infamous Ma’am Winnie Monsod and what she told us during our Econ11 class. She said, “The best leader is one who has a cool mind and a warm heart.”
And I think that’s true. We have a lot of those cool minds around. We have a lot of those great people around. And that’s fantastic! But maybe that’s not exactly what we need.
Maybe all we really need is one good man with a cool mind and a warmer heart.
Sigua, Kristel Shayne M.