We live only once. From the day we are born to the day we lie on our deathbed, we have this rarest of the rare chance to inhabit this beautiful place called The Earth. And truth be told! One lifetime is just enough amount of time we need on this planet to live life to the fullest, to be young and free, to dream big and aim high, to be the best of who we can be and live as if there is no tomorrow. This life is an opportunity for all of us to create a revolutionary impact on Earth, so that when we die we leave our successors with a much better World to live in. So how do you plan to make the most out of this opportunity? All of us as responsible citizens of the World owe it to ourselves and this world, to make our lifetime count, and here’s a list of 10 things each one of us should follow to do the same.
1. Follow the traffic rules:
Millions of people die or get handicapped everyday due to road accidents. More than 80 percent of the victims of accidents are innocent civilians who lose their lives for someone else’s mistakes or I’d rather say their recklessness. Take a moment and think about the number of lives you save every time you drive on the right side of the road or the number of innocent lives you risk every time you skip a red light. This world has already lost enough people by the harshest of disasters. Let road accidents not be one of them. Realize that you have the power to make or break the world with every decision you take on the road. All you need to do is learn the traffic rules and follow them.
2. Fight corruption:
In our daily life we come across a lot of people who crib and complain about how broken the system is and how the world is unfair. But how many of them get up and do something about it? Yes it is true the system is corrupted and yes we all are suffering but it is also true that we are the ones who make this system. As responsible citizens of the world all of us need to take charge and fight corruption. A better and corruption free world is possible and we are the ones who can build it.
3. Be kind:
There are good days and there are bad days in life and then there are days on which the world seems cruel. On these days remind yourself that you are not alone. Everyone is struggling as hard as you are. So when you are having a good day remember that someone out there might be having the worst day of their life. Know that your actions whether kind or unkind can have life changing impact on your fellow citizens. And hence choose to be kind to everyone every single day.
4. Save water:
Water is a precious resource. Some of us are privileged enough to have it in abundance while some of us are not. But none of us can afford to waste it. As a responsible citizen we all should use only as much water as we need and save as much as we can.
5. Plant trees:
We human beings are increasing the pollutants on earth at an exponential rate by our reckless but convenient lifestyle. The only way to reverse the severe pollution we have spread on earth is planting more and more tress. With the numerous benefits of having trees around, there is absolutely no reason why anyone should stop planting trees. If each of us start planting a tree for every time we release pollutants into the same air we breathe in, the world will be a more beautiful and cleaner place to live in.
6. Empower others:
“Leaders become great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others”
Everyone in this world is talented in his/her own way, but not all of them know how to stand up for themselves. As a responsible citizen of the world it is your duty to believe in your fellow citizens and help them discover themselves. If you ever find yourself in a situation where you can teach your colleagues or juniors from your experiences, do it. By doing so you will not only empower that person, you will also encourage him/her to do the same in the future. And that’s how the chain of empowerment is created.
7. Educate yourself:
I’ll begin this by quoting Nelson Mandela ” Education is the most powerful weapon that you can use to change the world”. Take it from one of the most influential leaders of the world, education sure is the single most revolutionary weapon to change the world. And getting educated here doesn’t mean getting a degree of some kind, it means to actually learn something. Keep reading as much as you can, travel to learn more about the world and never limit the capacity of your mind. Enhance your knowledge about the world by keeping in touch with what’s happening around you. This is your world after all, it’s your responsibility to get educated about it.
8. Follow your passion:
You owe it to yourself and to the world to lead your fellow citizens by example. The world needs more people like Steve Jobs, Oprah Winfrey and J.K Rowling. When you follow the crowd and do what the society asks you to do, you miss out on the opportunity to create an impact on the world. Show this world how to rebel and follow your passion. Inspire them and lead them towards their dreams.
“You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.”
Remember that you are not alone in this world. There are plenty of people who need your help. By simple acts of selfless kindness you can change someone’s life. Look around and you’ll find curious little minds who can’t afford a school. Take out time from your life to teach them. Go to an old age home and spend time with old people. Volunteering is a very rewarding and satisfying way to give back to the world.
Voting is not just our right it is our duty. Years ago when democracy did not exist in most of the parts of the world, common citizens didn’t have the privilege to choose their rulers. They were left at the mercy of kings and dictators. Laws didn’t exist. Everyone followed their commands and the ones who disobeyed were beheaded. But today we live in a democratic world, where we have the power to choose our leaders and vote for the laws we want as well as the ones we don’t. This power is not an entitlement, it’s a gift bestowed upon us by our ancestors. The freedom fighters who struggled against monarchy and dictatorship. Every citizen should use this gift wisely and actively participate in elections.