I feel like a new Me was born in 2011. I experienced a definite, profound shift in consciousness that propelled me headlong into social activism. Occupy Wall Street is primarily to thank for that. And yet, really, all that OWS did was give me a space to become who I have always been, who I was always meant to be: a Revolutionary.
The minute I heard about OWS (at about Day 7), it was like the whole world shifted into a new gear. I knew that it was going to be big. I knew that is was big. It seemed so obvious to me. And yet no one I talked to in the first couple of weeks to seemed to share my excitement. Even people more involved in social activism than myself seemed unfazed. Or perhaps because of their long-standing involvement in social activism they were unfazed, unconvinced that this would be the movement they all had been waiting so long for. But it was.
For me, it undoubtedly was. Two weeks after hearing about it, I quit my job and bought a one-way plane ticket to New York. The rest is history, as they say. I’m now back in Chicago, as committed to the movement as ever, with revolution at the forefront of my consciousness and all other concerns on the back burner.
That’s probably the best way to explain it: my revolutionary spirit has now taken center stage, though it was always there in the background. As I look back further, I can see glimpses of a Revolutionary in all of my former selves. Like in 2007, when I inadvertently got caught in the middle of a student protest in Chile, complete with tear gas and military tanks on the streets, and I liked it. Or the inexplicable camaraderie I felt with the protagonist in The Motorcycle Diaries when I saw the movie for the first time in 2005. Or the fact that the only book I read in high school without resorting to Cliff’s Notes was Fahrenheit 451.
I have always been fascinated by human nature, deeply moved by the collective tragedies and triumphs of our species. It was only a matter of time before I harnessed my own potential and actively began working towards shaping the evolution of our society.
Isn’t it strange how everything seems to make sense in hindsight, almost as if our life “choices” were inevitable? And yet, in the present moment, we spend so much time worrying about our decisions for the future. For me, that fear has mostly subsided. I am no longer afraid of what decisions I will make in the future because I know that I’m already on the right path—the path of personal and global revolution.