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You Matter

There people out there, some of whom might be reading this, that think that what they do in this world doesn’t matter in the least. Some of them have a bleak, pessimistic view of the world as a whole, thinking no matter what they do, in the long run, everything will stay a crap sack. Some of them have a more personal, painful view. They see themselves as having nothing important to give, nothing they can do change the world around them.

You’re wrong, though.

Every time you throw a pebble into the pond you change it. You might not see the ripples on the surface anymore, but the pebble is still there, at the bottom of the pond, forever. Even when the waves are gone, the change has been made, by you.

It is an honorable belief that we all effect change, create value for ourselves just by living in this world. Our existence itself is precious, and should be regarded as such. Our lives are a gift, whether you believe the come from some divine being or simply from your parents having a little too much pinot, that you are here is a miracle. There are many reasons you shouldn’t be.

What I think I’m saying is that if you sit there, worried that what you do doesn’t matter, or that it isn’t enough, or that you’re not as good as someone else, then you’re selfish. You’re more worried about your own ego being hurt than you are about how much you actually mean to the world.

I don’t care if you’re religious or not, even with no great mystery beyond simple statistical anomalies that lead to an evolutionary chain ending in humans, there is a reason you are here. Maybe it isn’t some great divine, metaphysical reason, but there is a reason.

That reason could be as small as propagating your genetic sequence, I doubt that, but it’s possible. That reason could be as big as discovering the cure for South American Zombism, which is a significant contribution indeed. Either way, you have  a reason, and in the grand scheme of things, both of them are equally important to the survival of humanity.

Well, except curing the zombie thing, I just made it up.

There is no reason to worry. No reason to ever give up on trying.

Go out into the world, exposed and open. Do what you feel is right.

I assure you, if everyone lived by what they believed was right, there would be a lot more than empty promises about hope and change in America.

Just remember:

You matter, so make your life count.

Published by M.A. Brotherton

M.A. Brotherton is a writer, blogger, artist, and fat-kid from the suburbs of Kansas City, Missouri. He’s tasted a little bit of everything the Midwest has to offer, ranging from meth-tweaking rednecks in massive underground cave complexes to those legendary amber waves of grain. When he’s not writing, he spends most of his time screwing around on the internet.

7 thoughts on “You Matter”

  1. Tracy Mangold says:

    Couldn’t have said it better myself. Well done, my friend! Well done. 

    1. M.A. Brotherton says:

      Thanks Tracy. I know that a lot of people out there have been struggling through December. I’m one of them. I thought it would be a good idea to give everyone a little reminder before the new year.

  2. Jason Benoit says:

    I have been on what can only be described as a short hiatus, having difficulty in answering the latest string of prompts and running into life as I try to prepare for the new year. All this to say that I almost missed this post and would never have known what I lost in doing so. I am so glad I sat down today to read over the things I have been missing as of late and found this. It is beautiful and moving and I almost felt like you were talking directly to me. Thank you for these words. 

    1. M.A. Brotherton says:

      I think we’ve all been struggling lately. There is a general malaise over the entire community, and I’m feeling it more and more every day. 2011 was an extremely exhausting year, and I’m struggling so far already in 2012 getting myself pulled back together. I’m not even sure why I’m having trouble with it. Things just seem a bit off lately.

  3. Brandee says:

    I feel like this was aimed at me, too. I had a harder time keeping up with posts in December, and then I got hurt. Tbat’s thrown me into a bit of a funk. Thank you for posting this. I needed it.

  4. Stereo.* says:

    I kept this post marked unread in my Reader for days and days so that I could keep coming back to it over and over. I don’t have much else to say but thank you so much for this.

    1. M.A. Brotherton says:

       That is probably the best compliment I’ve ever gotten on anything I’ve ever written. Thank you. 

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