I truly, deeply believe everyone changes the world. People have the preconceived notion that to make change, you must be in a position of power. That is inherently false. Cause and effect happens for everyone.
Change can be on a larger scale when you hold more power over more people, yes, but everyone has power. Power over themselves, power over their loved ones, power over those around them. Power to change peoples minds, peoples ideas, peoples perspectives. Let’s say you introduce someone to an idea they haven’t heard of, they go research it, and then they believe it. You have changed their life, whether you know it or not.
As someone in the influencer industry, I see this every day. People think that those with more followers have the most influence, and while that is true to some degree, even those not on social media are influencers. Everyone is an influencer, some just know how to market themselves to make a career from it. Let’s say you go out to the store, and someone says “Hey, I like your shoes. Where did you get them?”, you give your answer, and they go and buy them. You just influenced them. You are an influencer, whether you like it or not. You are a change maker, whether you know it or not. You changed someone’s life, however minor it may seem.
Change does not have to be on a large scale to be change. Change does not have to be on a large scale to have a large impact. You can change something for someone, and then they change something for someone else because of how you changed it for them. Change can be a domino effect, slowly trickling from one person to the next.
As a disabled person, and as an influencer, I personally use my power, my ability to change things, to open people’s minds to the ideas that not only is everyone a change maker, but to use that power intentionally, to change the world for the better. Be an advocate for yourself! Change your own world. Be an advocate for what you believe in! Change the world for others. But do so with intention and be mindful of your power.
For those of us with disabilities, change is so important. The world has changed too quickly, and yet not fast enough to be accessible for us. We must use our personal power to advocate for ourselves and what we need. Deliberately using our power to change things, however small of an impact we think we’re making, will change the world.