This kind of manifesto doesn’t cover everything, but it sure does make you think about what your life and values.
What? Picking Sunflowers totally applies here.
I believe that everyone has been created with a purpose, and inherently has worth. This does not change whether the person is young or old, male or female, sick or healthy, no matter how much melanin a person has in their skin, or where they live. Everyone has a right to hope for a better life, and they have the right to take steps to achieve it. I believe that the vast majority of people are generally good, but fully recognize that any good person is capable of terrible things.
I believe it is important to get sleep, and to seek help if you suffer from insomnia. That you need to talk to your parents, even if communication with them is hard. Making hot chocolate and giving a hug to a hurting friend is better than giving them alcohol. Same for hurting strangers.
In my world, people treat each other with respect. And don’t cuss each other out just because they misunderstand each other. Surprise gifts show up in the form of cupcakes and handwritten cards.
In my world, not enough drinks come in glass bottles. And not enough green comes my way. Not that I’m greedy, I’d just like, you know, to be able to pay rent, student loans, and save for big future responsibilities. That’s not too unreasonable, right?
My personal policy is to give people space when they need it, and to be there when they need that too. To be respectful even when people disregard my feelings while not being pushed over. To handle myself with grace whenever the situation calls for it.
I believe that I am uniquely equipped to pour into people. And see them for the positives instead of the negatives like we all so often view ourselves.
My overarching personal goal is to love humanity well through my actions, donations, and words. This includes paying attention to the plight of orphans, widows, and the oppressed, to do what I can on their behalf. To encourage my friends and the teenagers I mentor. To one day trek Mt. Kilimanjaro, dedicating my journey in the name of an organization making a difference. Especially to always be there for my family, no matter where they are.
My overall business/career goal is in flux. I walk through doors as they open, and struggle when they close. Currently, my biggest career goal is to be the best Cinematographer I can be! Sub-goals? That includes writing and selling finished screenplays, traveling to speak/take pictures all over the world, to be on the board of a non-profit. There’s a lot of potential for work over my lifetime and I’m honestly not that stressed about what each step is going to look like.
“You don’t need a plan; you just need to be present.”
― Bob Goff, Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World
Thanks for reading this little piece of a manifesto. Now go write your own!