I Can Change the World
When I was first asked by the PULSE interviewer about what motivates me to apply for such an assignment, the first answer that came to my mind was a story that I read very long ago (probably many of you might have come across). The story was about an old man who had a habit of walking on the beach every morning, when early one morning, he found the beach covered with thousands of starfish. The old man noticed a small boy occasionally bending down to pick up an object and throw it into the sea. When the man asked him about what he was doing, the boy answered “Throwing starfish into the ocean. The tide has washed them up onto the beach and they can’t return to the sea by themselves. When the sun gets high, they will die, unless I throw them back into the water”. When the old man replied, that he can see tens of thousands of starfish on this beach and that the boy’s effort will not make much of a difference, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish and threw it into the ocean while telling the man “It made a difference to that one!”
As my assignment start date is now approaching, I asked myself the same questions the old man wondered about..” can I change the world?”, “will I be able to make a difference?”, and my answer is “I can change the world by doing my best to change a tiny part of it”.