Even Oscar Winners Want to Matter

We continue to develop the infrastructure for Choose2Matter, busily preparing a re-launch this spring. This week, we’ll launch a fund-raising campaign to support the Quest to Matter, a five-week program that will launch on April 15, in which K-12 students from around the world will be encouraged to declare that they matter and then take action to change our world. Ian Coon, an Iowa student with a brilliant future, produced one of the signature videos of the movement:

The Quest will accelerate Choose2Matter, but it is not the end of it. As with all great revolutions, students will lead it, but they will not be alone in it. Choose2Matter will become a broad, sweeping revolution in which people of all ages and all walks of life, and organizations of all sizes, all around the globe, choose to matter and change our world.

How can we make an audacious statement? Everyone needs to matter. Even Oscar winners need to matter. As we wait to see who brings home the gold statuettes tonight, we’re reminded of the closing words of Reese Witherspoon when she accepted the 2006 Oscar for Best Actress for her performance as June Carter in Walk the Line:

“People used to ask June how she was doing, and she used to say – ‘I’m just trying to matter’. And I know what she means. You know, I’m just trying to matter, and live a good life and make work that means something to somebody.”

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  • Katelin Brown

    Hi, I enjoyed reading this post because it touches on a topic many teachers and individuals overlook. I wasn’t aware of Choose2Matter but since I have learned about it I am impressed with it! I really like this revolution because it caters to the needs of students and children that have been treated as though they don’t matter! Your post has enlightened me about the need and what an impact the words ‘You Matter’ can make in someones life! Thank you for sharing and teaching me about Choose2Matter!

  • http://twitter.com/LetsGrowLeaders Let’s Grow Leaders

    I believe everyone deep in their hearts wants to matter. What an important effort helping people of all ages discover their gifts and chose how they will matter. Ahh, not that matters.