I was sitting in one of my courses yesterday when the discussion came around to creating ‘change’. These kids, okay young adults, weren’t talking about changing little things they were talking about making big political changes in the world – righting wrongs! Fixing the broken! Insuring equality!

The talk then turned to why this was so hard to do. We talked a little about the right to vote, the ripple effect and how, in many cases, one person can make a difference.

These kids were inspirational. ‘We can end poverty! Turn around global warming! Make war a thing of the past!’ they cried.

It was an interesting discussion and I was inspired by my classmate’s passion, optimism and energy.

As I was driving home I was thinking about a younger TiredMama and remembering when I had that energy, those types of beliefs. I remembered the days when I thought I could change the world.

Then I wondered where my passion to change the world went.


I’ve since decided that my energy for righting the world’s wrongs is buried some where under the stack of dirty laundry at the bottom of my basement stairs. It could of course also be hidden with the dust bunnies under my bed, or just be hanging out in the dishwasher that I should be emptying.

Scary. All I do these days to create this type of ‘world change’ is turn off lights, recycle and vote. Not all that ground breaking or inspiring am I? Honestly, I no longer have the drive to change the world. Heck, I don’t even have the energy to change the sheets weekly any more. I wish I did.

I can only hope that maybe I’m raising the child who will grow up and make the world a better, gentler place.

So I think I’ll now go and throw some whites in the washer. If my kids are gonna change the world, the least I can do is make sure they have some clean undies to do it in.

11 thoughts on “Passion-less.

  1. Mine is under the pile of Legos that keep materializing on the dining room table.
    But, truly, it’s those little things that add up day by day. Knitters understand this. Here they are, making one little loop after another, and suddenly…a sweater! A scarf!


  2. I figure I am changing the world by raising 5 compassionate, loving, caring kids. At least that is the plan! I think it is the little things that will change the world.


  3. I think my desire to change the world as much as I used to idealistically consider curbed when I realized how much it would cost and change myself to do so. Change costs a lot – a lot of money and a lot of sacrifice. I try to make differences with my tithe and charitable giving to World Vision, Mission Funds, etc. but the social changes I used to believe in have slowly died with fear of increasing taxes and figuring out how to put my kids through higher education.


  4. Leanne, have I ever told you what a fabulous blogger you are? I sincerely can relate to each and every post. Where does our flame go anyways? You’re right – it’s dimmed by dirty underwear and cleaning casserole dishes.
    *le sigh*
    Amazing post.


  5. I believe you’ve hit upon a vital truth of parenthood. Your world vision shrinks so quickly when you become a mom. Not that the other things don’t matter, but raising a child is life changing in itself. After that great feat is accomplished, you can go back to the world vision. But you can never, ever come back to raise your child once he’s grown.


  6. haha…yeah. I hear ya too. BUT I also think that maybe my way of changing the world right now is raising my kids well…because really – that is what I do almost all day these days. 🙂


  7. I can completely relate. My passion is probably buried in my garden somewhere that I need to tend to more than once a week in the summer (I really need a garden that you till, plant, and harvest. Maybe some water, but no weeding.
    Seriously, though, raising the kids today in a way that they care what’s going on and have the desire to change things for the better is our mission as Moms now. Recycle, vote, and set an example.


  8. What a thought provoking post. I also remember being passionate about causes when I was younger…then I grew up and realized that the only way to change the world in which I live, is to change my small part of the world, and hopefully through my example, change someone else’s part…a ripple effect.


  9. Sadly, Tired Mama, I believe your condition is called realism. It comes with age. The best thing we can do as Moms is raise our children to be optimistic and action-oriented. Maybe our days of world-changing are over but their possibilities are still endless.


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