Have you ever wondered what you would do if you had the ultimate power for a day? By ultimate power I mean if you could change anything. All of a sudden, you had the power to change the weather, your financial status or the world. Would you completely change your life, someone else’s, or do nothing at all?

When I first hear questions like that, I think to myself, “Yes, I’ll change the world! World peace, end world hunger and give everyone $1 million!”

The thought of having ultimate power, for some reason, gives all of us a completely new mindset. We think that we can only make a difference if we had unrealistic magical powers. 

Obviously, some things can’t be cured in one day, one year, or even with the most amount of money. So it’s hard for a single person to completely change the world, but it’s not impossible. Some of the most inspirational people changed the world with little to no money. People like Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Malala Yousafzai. Many people have completely changed the world without “ultimate power.” 

We all get so trapped where we are. We carry these false ideas that just because we were born in a small town, big city, poverty, or wealth, that all we can amount to is what we’re given. It has been proven by successful people time and time again that you can build yourself up from nothing.

We’re all given our chance of ultimate power, and it’s much longer than a day. We’ve been blessed to have a lifetime of opportunities and a chance at success. The key to achieving these things is actually really simple. You must learn to take every opportunity as it comes. No successful person has ever said “I’ll do it tomorrow,” or “I don’t really need to do that.”

Take advantage of what you are given and make the most out of it.

Katie Heckman is a senior at Pleasant Ridge High School.