Allie Goes Back To College

Unfortunately, this past Sunday, Allie was feeling under the weather…so we decided to call off our Sunday Funday this week for a day of rest and recovery. But, don’t worry…she was already feeling better by the next morning! Yay!

We could not wait all the way until Sunday rolled around again to see each other…so yesterday Allie came to the Tom Shadyac class with Hannah, Natalie, and me. That’s right – Allie went back to being a college student for the night!

Allie and I - Class

Luckily for her, she ages well and fit right into the crowd of students several years younger than her. (And the fact that she took out a notebook and a pen to take notes helped with her cover too!)

Allie Taking Notes

Tom started out the class just right…he brought in tables to the front of the classroom and filled them with candy for us to have so that we felt like we were in a movie theatre. The only difference was that the candy was not overpriced…instead it was free! Boy, does Tom spoil us or what?


Candy 2

He even asked us to “please, silence [our] cellphones.” Okay, he didn’t quite ask us like that…he asked us to stick them where the sun doesn’t shine. But, that’s close enough, right??

Once we settled in and were munching on our candy, the lights went out, and the feature presentation began! This week we watched the movie Ghandi.  But, only Part 1…because the entire movie is just way too long. I mean there is even an intermission built into the movie! Anyway, that’s beside the point. The main focus of yesterday’s class was (and I’m sure you’ve already guessed it by now) “be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Because of its familiarity, this cliché seems to lose its strength in our everyday lives. But, when you really stop to think about it…this cliché is an extremely powerful statement.

Tom kept reminding us that what makes heroes like Ghandi so wonderful and inspiring is that what they have in their hearts can be found in your heart and in my heart. The only difference is that Ghandi, and heroes like him, dedicated their entire lives to amazing causes. And we, on the other hand, are sucked deeper and deeper into society and are shaped in a way that makes us behave how society wants us to behave. It is hard to be the fish swimming against the current. But, despite the difficulty, it is possible to be successful in making a change. Ghandi, and heroes just like him, are proof of that.

So, where do you even begin on your journey to make a change? Just like Ghandi said, it all starts with you and with me. “[You] be the change you wish to see in the world.” Or maybe you prefer the words of Michael Jackson…”if you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself, and then make a change.”

We are the society around us. So, we can’t point fingers. Pointing fingers doesn’t contribute to progress, but instead only contributes to the poison of our society. (And in a way makes us hypocritical) For example: Tom mentioned that one day he was sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic on the way to work and he was getting frustrated with the people in the cars around him for creating the traffic. But, then he realized that he was part of the traffic! He was contributing to the problem. So, in that moment, he decided to bike to work everyday instead of contributing to the problem. And that’s what he has done every day since.

Now, I’m not saying that everyone should bike to work. (Because I happen to love my car and traffic has never really bothered me. I know I’m weird.) But, what I am saying is the next time we are frustrated with an injustice in our society (whether it’s big or small), we have to ask ourselves if we are a part of the problem. And if we are, we must try to change it by starting with ourselves. It’s not an easy thing to do – change. In fact, change can often be uncomfortable. But, the change is possible. Because we are the society around us. Therefore, we can change it to become whatever we want. And just the possibility alone provides hope for our future. So, let’s change the world people!

All this talk about making a change makes me want to listen to Michael. So, just in case you’re getting that same feeling…here is the official music video for “Man In the Mirror.”

Okay, now that that’s over with…I must admit that when I heard we were watching the movie Ghandi, my excitement level dropped a bit. I knew exactly what the message would be; I had heard it many times before. But, by the end of the class, Tom managed to use the same message that had been told many times before to stir something in all of our hearts…the way he always does…and I left with a lifted excitement level for the next class!

Allie, too, enjoyed the class as well as her brief time as a college student again…so she decided to be a college student every Monday night! And that means I get to see my sister on Sundays and on Mondays!! How did I get to be so lucky?

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