I often think that my story begins at the genesis of a project, the first day on the job. Taking a conscious single step to start my journey is something that happens regularly, and this is reasonable when viewing time as linear, as we are apt to do. But often I don’t realize that what I see as a beginning is, in fact, more accurately defined as a midpoint; the beginning of one story coincides with the end of a previous one. When viewed through life’s wider lens, I understand that right now my story is simply the preface to a much larger read, and just as a book would be considerably less entertaining or enlightening without the preface, the decisions I make and the actions I take now are paramount to the overall success of the story that I tell.
And in the end, that’s all we have—stories.
With the beginning of a new term—my last term of high school—I realize how little time I have until my life radically changes. Seventy-eight days, to be precise. I need to maximize my time so I can get the most done, do the most good, and experience the most positive growth that I can. I now have three priorities on my days off of school: Study the scriptures for one hour, read a book for one hour, and help save refugees.
In the United States, we are all blessed with wonderful abundance in our lives. You have food on the table and a roof over your head, which is more than the average refugee can say. You live in a safe environment and can walk outside without fearing for your life. You have a quality education and have ample opportunities to further that education at institutions of higher learning. Refugees don’t.
This term I will be working as the social media director/intern/volunteer for the Educated Refugee Foundation. This foundation does meaningful work changing the lives of refugees in Chad by offering them an opportunity to get an education. Through social media, I have the opportunity to bring attention to the plight of refugees and rehumanize their struggle by giving voice to their untold stories in powerful and emotionally effective ways. This storytelling is focused on driving change through donations to help provide education for those who need it the most.
For the next seventy-eight days, this will be my story. What will be yours?