“My life amounts to no more than one drop in a limitless ocean. Yet what is any ocean, but a multitude of drops?” ― David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

There will always be a moment in your life in which you feel obsolete, as if no matter how hard you work or how much you try you are merely one individual among millions and will have little impact on the world around you. Well in this moment, do yourself a favor, realize that you are so very wrong. After all, history shows us that it only takes one person with an idea worth fighting for to change the world as we know it.

A limitless ocean; billions of people around the world that all have their own thoughts and opinions, but become self censored to conform to the ways of everyone else. And in this multitude of individuals there are so many that have the intelligence and spirit to change the lives of people around them, yet don’t dare to risk a change in their secure lives.

Think of a historical movement, any at all. Were their any individuals that stood alone? doubtful. Because it takes one person to express an idea, but an army to make sure the change is carried out. And from that individual, the lives of his or her followers, and along with those of all of the others who are effected by a change will never be the same again. Martin Luther King, Ghandi, and Nelson Mandela: three men with a vision of change and the spirit to make sure it happens. drops living among  individuals who were sick of the ways in which a multitude of human beings were forced to live their lives.

No one is insignificant. Without every drop to do its part, an ocean would be nothing more than a barren dried up wasteland. Nothing would change and no one would truly prosper. Never allow the fear of rejection restrict your ability to represent something greater than yourself. Be a drop in an ocean, because there is nothing stronger than a body of water that refuses to be tamed.

One thought on ““My life amounts to no more than one drop in a limitless ocean. Yet what is any ocean, but a multitude of drops?” ― David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

  1. Firstly, I love the opening quote from Cloud Atlas, a great movie. Secondly, this message was really uplifting and truly puts the act of a Revolution into perspective. It only take one idea and persistence for you to change the course of history. My one critique comes from your choice of the word “army.” Although it may have just been the word floating in your mind at the time, or it may be because most of the revolutionary acts of mankind have been in response to an oppressive ideology that society has already set in place which needs changing, but I do believe that the best ideas and movements are those which do not need violence or a physical army to carry out their plan. If it truly is a great idea then words and intellectual persuasion are the only tools you need to help gain more soldiers in your ‘army.’

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