Which of the 6 Types of Citizen Changemaker Are You? –– Find Out Your Personal Path for Taking Action
Once upon a time I took a personality test.
Ok, maybe it was more than one… Maybe it was like 10. (or more.)
That I remember.
Jeez, who are you –– the personality quiz police?
Anyway, I’m a #humble enough person to realize that I’m something of a personal development addict. I fall for the the allure of the Myers-Briggs, Strong Personality Index, StrengthsFinder, and Buzzfeed’s ever-scientific “Which Type of Bread Are You?”
Cough, Gluten-Free Arepa –– wtf!?, cough.
Say what you will about personality tests and their veracity, we internet users of the 21st century fu$king love them, loudly or in private.
How does this relate to making an impact in your community, you ask?
It really boils down to this: Yep, I know it’s 2017 and we wanna do #allthethings, for #fomo, and also #yolo. (Are the kids still saying that?)
But truly making an impact actually has to do with accepting that you can’t do it all.
That’s actually where your citizen changemaking path can begin.
If there’s one time of year that really gets people up, out of their chairs, and taking action, it’s most definitely…
The middle of the summer?
Not exactly. I know if you’re reading this, you’re probably kickin’ back by the pool, soakin’ some rays, or catchin’ some Z’s. Why am I talking like that?
Point being –– the July heat doesn’t exactly inspire much beyond relaxing.
But, all is not lost.
If you’re finding that the perpetual summer routines leave something to be desired, there is hope to be had in the initiatives that spring up around this time of year. Amidst those vacation days, long weekends, and lazy days, take a look at five ways to get involved with your community and making the world a better place.
Quick –– before your popsicle melts.
ICYMI, summer is here y’all.
Break out the swim trunks, coolers of Corona and… books? (Like you didn’t already know I was a cool kid!)
Yep, so far this summer I’ve been spending those summer nights reading about my favorite topic: saving the world.
Or, you know –– just making things better all around. It’s one of my hobbies.
So, amidst the many sunny, outdoor activities brought to you by the summer season, maybe carry a book or two in tow.
Make your local librarian proud.
Summertiiiime, and the living is easy....
Everything does seem to slow down in the summer, as people gallivant off to far-off vacation spots (or if you live in my neck of the woods, Myrtle Beach), and bask in the sun at the public pool, aka where children spend concerningly long amounts of time without needing to use the bathroom.
But that's just one way of looking at summer –– it doesn't have to be lazy, but can actually be super productive.
Now, if you're just coming off an exhausting year of teaching, work, service, or other energy-sucking (yet fulfilling!) activities, you might already be scrolling away from this certifiably insane suggestion I've just made.
Or perhaps for you, summer months are just like any other, except you're blasting your A/C much higher, and spend longer amounts of time gazing out the window longingly.
Hold on just a sec, though. Hear me out.
I am perpetually stunned by the bullshit advice we give to young people.
Follow your passion.
Chase your dreams.
Never give up.
And my favorite…
Be yourself no matter what.
I don’t know if Hallmark personally sponsored all elementary schools to pump this generic, saccharine motivational garbage into the minds of our youth, but someone needs to tell them to cut it out.
What’s with all the negativity, Gina? Why kill dreams?
First of all, who invited you, disembodied voice, questioning all my thoughts? You can leave.
*door close sound*
Ok, now we’re alone. Back to my rant.
Let's change the world.
Who wrote this?
Gina Edwards, Impact Explorer founder and lover of all pun jokes, making a positive change in the world, Stephen Colbert, Jif Peanut Butter, and staying inside on rainy days. Order may vary.