Before I start, I should probably tell you guys that I’m spending part of my university career in upstate New York. I would highly suggest going out of state (or at least out of town) for college if you have the means to do so. I enjoy exploring new places, so I travel into New York City once a week for classes. Last week, I spent a few hours at Occupy Wall Street. It was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had.
I’d been following it for a few weeks so it was exciting for me to be able to experience it and be a part of it. I crossed the street and while the first thing I heard was distant bongo and acoustic guitar playing, the first thing I saw was policemen lined up in front of barricades. I walked through the groups of people not really knowing what to do but knowing that I wanted to be there and that I wanted to do something. There were different stations placed throughout for people to do different things: an art center, a clothes center, a make-shift kitchen, and a library along with many other things. I built up the courage and started conversations with people. These strangers were probably a few of the nicest I’ve ever encountered. We would stand around or sit and talk about everything. We talked about the movement, yes, but we also just talked about how our day had been going. We talked about change and we talked about how we all need to do something.
These people are there to try and be a part of something, in any way they can. They believe in Occupy Wall Street and they want change. Yes, this has turned into a worldwide movement, but it started off with one thought. That’s how things start off: as one tiny thought. One person spoke this thought out loud and other people agreed and acted upon it. These people weren’t sure if this movement would catch on or even if they’d have a big enough starting group to get anything done. There is always a risk. Never think you aren’t important or that you can’t make a change. You can always do something, even when you are going up against the odds. Never think that your ideas are stupid because you never know what they might spark. Always try.