Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of meeting some new people. A friend who I know only from the interwebs came into town for a conference, and he asked if Dave and I wanted to meet up for a pint after his conference ended. He brought a conference buddy with him, and in the course of conversation, we talked about work, as one does. I said that while I didn’t know that my job was a dream job, that I didn’t mind the work and that I adore my co-workers, and that makes all the difference. So conference buddy says, “Well, what do you think your dream would be?” And I started to say, “To be independently wealthy and read all day and do whatever else I want.” He interrupted me and called me out on my easy answer. He said, “Bullshit. That’s not what I mean. I mean how do you want to change the world?”
I actually really appreciated the fact that he challenged me with that, but…wow. Big question. I was thrown. I don’t really have an answer for that one. Actually, I do have an answer, but I don’t have even the beginnings of a plan to make it happen, because it’s too big. I want to make the world more compassionate, more sympathetic, more empathetic. All of my biggest pet peeves and things that make me angry with the world boil down to people being severely inconsiderate to other people. I recognize that I am, by no means, perfect either – this is something that I could do more of, too. Just…putting yourself in someone else’s shoes for a minute before reacting in an angry, hateful way. Don’t you think that most of the world’s problems could be avoided that way? But a plan to make people more compassionate? I just don’t have one. I’m not sure such a thing is remotely possible.
Now, that’s just my wish. The guy I was talking to said his dream was to make the world a more efficient place through technology, which is SO different than my change-the-world dream that it made me wonder. What do other people dream of? How do you want to change the world?