When I first started doing my service with Americorps, I was ready to save the world. I was filled with energy and passion and compassion for people…

When I first started doing my service with Americorps, I was ready to save the world. I was filled with energy and passion and compassion for people around me. I believed the world could be changed for the better and my footprints would make this world a better place. That was what people called inexperienced and unrealistic.

We are living on a globe with 7 billion other people, and to make an impact on one percent of them all means affecting the lives of 70 million people. I came to a more realistic picture that I probably can only make as much impact as 0.0000000001 %.
I struggled with my limitations for a while. My youth was my disability. I did not (and still do not) have enough experiences. Any where I went, anything I wanted to change required a skill or qualification or set of experiences that I did not have. I failed and made the most fundamental mistakes in my professional life. At some point, I believed I could have died by my self-judgments and self doubts.

But I changed my attitude. I believed the world can be a better place if I can help even one person’s life. I have more confidence in myself, that the sheer fact of my beliefs in humanity already made this world a brighter place. And I believe in young people like me, who are not afraid to join me at the front line, shaping changes.

Sometimes, it is all about being comfortable with your own self, even your own limitations.
– Phy

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