By Maria Riestra @JNJCares
Care Inspires Care
I consider myself to be an optimistic person. I tend to see the glass half full before complaining. Now, am I happy all the time? Of course not; I’m human. But here’s what I know: YOU have a choice. YOU have control. Life is tough and times may get hard, but you’re tougher.
It seems like everyone in the world knows that YOLO (You Only Live Once); obviously. That is exactly why I care. I care about my past, my present and I care about my future. I care about my life and goals and aspirations. I care about the lessons I have learned and the ones that the universe has in store for me. I have grown up thinking that I can do what I want with my life and I truly believe that.
So what inspires me to care? Short and simple: My surroundings. My family. My friends. Myself. I believe that everyone deserves to be happy. It’s not entitlement or privilege; it’s a basic human right. Curiosity inspires me to care. That kind of uncertainty keeps me going. I like to believe that every choice you make takes you where you need to be and that’s the beauty of life.
Hope inspires care; having the comfort and faith that the world is at your hands and that you can truly make a difference. I truly believe that small acts of kindness create a snowball effect. There is so much beauty in the world and love to be shared that I want to be a part of it. I seek to inspire, help, and educate both through my line of work and my personal life. I want and am helping others to reach their goals and to believe in themselves- to feel empowered. Kindness can be shown in a smile, a gesture, a comment or action and that is what I aim to do every day; I aim to pay it forward.