One of the most amazing things about the Internet is the ability we have to connect with people all over the world: to share stories, gather inspiration, and make a difference. There are articles and lists of influential women popping up every day, but even these inspiring stories can make us feel like our daily efforts are meaningless.
Being a young activist/feminist/Go Girl! isn’t always easy. Sometimes it’s hard to wrap your head around doing anything world-changing in between taking biology classes and studying for state exams. The influential women we’ve been celebrating this month are successful, revolutionary, and most of them are all grown up.
And you may have these ideas for innovating your school’s lunch line system, supporting a local organization, or for setting up an adoption clinic for stray animals, but you feel like you’re too young, or that no one will take you seriously, or that you’re unprepared and stupid and the idea isn’t good enough and—
Take a breath, and start again. Because even one small step in the direction of your goals is so huge, especially if it feels tiny and unimportant. Just putting your ideas out into the world—no matter how fresh, or unfleshed, or far from the final plan they are—makes them real. It holds you accountable, even if your dog is the only one you’ve told. It creates momentum in the universe. It motivates you to build upon it, or to create something new. And most importantly, it challenges you.
So take the next step, even if you’re afraid of the feedback. Find the people who support your plans, can help you build upon them, and who will set your ideas in motion. You can be the next Emma Watson, Roxane Gay, Susan B. Anthony, or any form of influential you want to be!