Change; there is that quote which states that change is the only constant in life. This constant most probably brings the most excitement (or sadness), challenges and opportunities; oh the irony.
Change is like a movie, when it is “watched” (in this case, experienced), there are more than a thousand responses; some love it, others loathe it, some sit on the fence, others try to change what has changed.
Here’s a question: what do you do when you experience change? If it’s good, we rejoice! What if it is bad change? Out-of-your-comfort-zone change? Or change that requires hard work?
Recent debates around campus revolving around the current and future Student Association may have stirred up opinions on how the student environment needs change. Some would say it was a great year, some might say otherwise. Nonetheless, in the midst of all these advocating for change in the student body, perhaps advocating for change within ourselves would be the first step?
I am in no means trying to put down the students of UNMC, I am saying this from a perspective of being human – we all have areas in our life we could work on. After all, to err is human, to forgive is divine.
We all know annoying people who get on our nerves (I know I do!). They annoy us enough times, and soon enough everything they do or say naturally annoys us. Yeah, but does that make them a bad person? Obviously not, they may very well be kind or generous at heart. Somehow, all we ever see is the word “annoying” in capitals plastered across their forehead.
Personally, self-reflection greatly improved my overall perspective of other individuals. Obviously, analyzing all the flaws about one’s self is never a confidence booster, but it is a great way to learn humility. With a changed perception, people suddenly seemed all the more tolerable and kind.
One may question: what is the point of personal change? I’m only one person.
What if 1000 people said that? What if 1000 people actually saw the point in it? I think 1000 people are enough to bring about an impactful change. Heck, I even believe 1 person is enough to make an impact.
Now, what makes you think you are not that person? Don’t let change determine the kind of person you become. Be the change!
Let me introduce a social initiative to you: CURB YOUR EGO. Some may say they do not fit in with the UNMC culture or the people of UNMC. Take a look at UNMC Expressions; we the students are actually more alike than we think. The page alone is one thing all its readers have in common. Now, that is in anonymity, where we are protected and safe.
Let’s step out of our comfort zones! Go up to someone you may not necessarily know (in a non-creepy way of course) and shoot them a compliment. It may mean more to them than you know. There are people in life that we truly appreciate, why not tell them? Write them a note! Show your appreciation through your actions.
That is what Curb Your Ego aims to promote: a community where we can see past individual differences and treat each other with kindness, love and respect. There is a lot of potential for the UNMC community to be a warmer society.
Let’s start now! More importantly, let’s start together!
Curb Your Ego will be launched this week (starting 8th April) – we aim to instill kindness among individuals by them making a personal pledge to look at themselves and express their kindness in whatever way they see fit. By wearing a Curb Your Ego wristband, it will act as a physical reminder to act in kindness, especially when it is hard! All wristbands are numbered, so you are a huge contribution to making this initiative a success.
The wristbands are priced at RM1.00 each, and they come in 5 colours – black, red, yellow, blue and green. We are offering a unique package which targets the cleaning staff of UNMC, get 2 wristbands for RM2, 1 wristband goes to you while the other one goes to a member of the cleaning staff.
Share about this social initiative with your friends, partner, cousins, even the dogs on UNMC! (I’m kidding). You can buy as many wristbands as you want and for whomever you want. At the end of the day, if you look yourself in the mirror and noticed a slight improvement in yourself: you’ve made a change.
Be that person! Believe in yourself. Spread the word: curb your ego today!
Curb Your Ego Team