Working at children centres as a community musician, my life is surrounded by heroes/heroines. People who touch my heart deeply. Take Margaret for instance. She’s just there to iron the clothes of the children, but you often see her with a child in her lap. I asked her one day about her role at the children center and she told me that it is part of being a mother. One could see that motherhood for her, not only extended to her children, but to all the children of the children centre. My response was of course to tell her that the world would be a better place if more people were like her. I still think it would be.
Now that me and a friend are thinking of starting a music program at another children center (watch this space for more detail), it made me realise again that we have the power to make a difference. Joseph Campbell describes in his book, A Hero With A Thousand Faces, that the hero’s journey starts with the call to adventure. Now, with starting our new program, it sure feels like a scary adventure, with both of us being placed outside our comfort zones. We know that we have to answer the call and start this new adventure, no matter how scared we are!
Through this call, I realised exactly what I want to do with my life. It has strengthened my plans to become a community musician, bringing people together through music. Even though I feel like I am not in the place where I want to be, I am where I should be. I should be here making a difference.
I thought at one stage that I have to do these big world changing deeds, but actually, it’s the little things. Even if it’s giving that stranger a compliment, or just telling the lady at the grocery store to have a nice day. It’s the small acts of kindness that will change the world. Be a hero. Be the change.