Our generation has so much possibility to affect positive change. We have made technological advances, beyond anything earlier generations could have imagined and that achievement has lent us great power. It has been said that, "With great power comes great responsibility." And nothing could be truer than when you consider our responsibility for one another.
In the developed world, we have been afforded many gifts just by being born in a certain place. We have freedoms and privileges, unlike many places on this planet. It is our responsibility to use what we are given to make the world a better place. Whether that be thousands of miles away or our next door neighbor, we should constantly strive to help others and to change our worlds.
The first and most important step to take in positively impacting your world and the lives of others is to listen to your heart. As cliche as it may sound, your heart will point you in the direction you are called. Whether you are drawn to animal rights or women's rights, drug abuse or poverty in developing countries, if you are not strongly committed to a cause, it will be difficult to persevere. Does this mean you have to choose one avenue to go down in terms of being involved? No.
Change is a web, and we are all connected. If you work toward change in your community, it will carry over to your state, your region, your country and ultimately the world. Then, perhaps the most miraculous thing change will do is come back to the individual. If you seek to make someone else's situation better, you will find that your situation also improves. If you believe in change for the world, change will be constant in you.
Now the basics. Getting involved takes proactively searching out opportunities. Look online, look up local organizations, read the news! Decide what your schedule will allow in terms of commitment. Factor in transportation and other domestic or educational responsibilities. Maintain a balance. The most help you can give to others is by being at your best state possible. That doesn't mean having no emotional baggage in your own life. Often, that is your best tool. Use what you have been through to connect to others. We all have pain and joy in our lives, and we can reflect that for one another.