I've had a couple of people mention, in various places, that I post "a lot of positive stuff" online. Some people have been complimentary and a couple have been snarky in a friendly way about it. It's obviously true, but I don't think a lot of people understand why I post what I do here.
I'm a big believer that any individual has the ability to affect the entire world. Now, most people, when they think about what the "entire world" means, imagine one person affecting millions of people in a short amount of time. There are definitely people who have that power, but there aren't a lot of them. This, generally, leads most people to disbelieve that one person can affect the entire world in any way, shape, or form.
I, on the other hand, see things differently. I see the "entire world" as all of the people in the world constantly interacting with other people around them. I believe that because that's exactly what happens whenever I do anything. All of the choices I make affect "the entire world" because once I do something, I interact with our world. Once I interact with our world, the world has to react to what I've done. I am affecting our world by existing and living my life. The final thing I will personally do to affect our world is die. However, what I have done during my life will still affect the world because I will have caused things to happen in the lives of the people I interacted with while I was alive. It's pretty logical which is why I'm surprised more people don't think this way.
"But, Drew," you might ask, "you're just talking about affecting the people around you. That's not affecting the entire world."
Actually, yes it does. Because the people who interact with me when I do something will always react to what I've done. That will cause the people that interact with them to react to their reaction to what I've done. It's a ripple effect that expands to include more people all the time. Now, these things aren't always really huge events or important situations. But, stop and consider how many people get affected if I'm driving on a busy highway at rush hour and I rear-end the car in front of me. That affects A LOT of people in a very physical way.
The stuff I share on here works in the same way, just on a different level. If I can improve someone's day on here, then they'll, hopefully, be in a better mood and that will lead to more positive interactions for that person. That causes a ripple effect just as influential as the car accident I spoke about in the last paragraph. It's just not as obvious because it's not easily measured or seen.
In other words, I'm doing what I can to "be the change I want to see in the world". Because that's the world that I want to live in.