There is no time to wait

June 14, 2011

By Shayna Waldbaum

The first time I heard “Waiting on the World to Change,” by John Mayer, I thought it was inspiring and motivating.

Hall Monitor Shayna Waldbaum Liberty High School

It talks about all of the problems in the world that need changing and how someday those problems will be solved. However, my perception of the song was altered when my dad pointed something out that I did not originally notice.

“I don’t like that the message in the song is to wait for the world to change,” my father said. “He shouldn’t be waiting. He should be changing it himself.”

I was shocked. How could I have overlooked such a crucial detail in the meaning of the lyrics? From then on, listening to the song has been my reminder that I do not want to wait for the world to change.

I want to change it myself.

With graduation behind them, students are planning out the next step of their lives. Once we move our tassels from the right to the left, we step out of the comfortable structure of high school and into an independent life. People won’t remind us to challenge ourselves, to try new things or to get involved. We will have to make those decisions on our own.

It is often easier to sit back and let others take the lead, because being a follower allows people to avoid responsibility and pressure. However, when no one steps up as the leader, no progress is made.

The world is riddled with many serious problems that require motivated people to fix.

I can only hope that the class of 2011 goes out into the world with the motivation and perseverance needed to make such progress. Everyone has the ability to be a leader and make a difference by taking initiative in his or her own life. I believe our class contains these abilities and could be the ones to accomplish feats like curing cancer, eliminating AIDS and alleviating homelessness.

It will not be easy, but we have got to go out and change the world ourselves and stop “waiting, waiting on the world to change.”

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One Response to “There is no time to wait”

  1. JohnM on June 15th, 2011 11:34 am

    First off, shortly after the song was released John Mayer discussed on radio that the song was meant to stimulate discussion as to why things don’t change. He is even quoted as saying “I wanted to start a debate. Most of us are happy to wait for things to change.” Thus, the song is essentially stressing that while our generation is trying to make change, until those before us, who don’t understand our generation’s mindset and goals are out of power (govt), what can we do but wait? It does NOT mean to sit by. It means to go out and be active, but understand that until our generation attains more power and the prior generation is gone it will be hard to accomplish the things we want to, Therefore, we have to “wait on the world to change.”

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