An Obligation to Joy

"Tenemos el deber a la alegria."
We have an obligation to joy.

It's funny when you think of all the obligations in your life. You have an obligation to go to school, to work, to pay taxes. When we think of obligations, we can usually list off all the things that we HAVE to do but don't WANT to do. But what if you actually had an obligation to experience and create joy? What if you had an obligation to art and beauty? What if the world depended on your laughter?

Today, I had an opportunity to hide.
My job was to inspire 1200 high school students to be crazy enough to change the world. But before I arrived someone said the students, “wouldn’t want to hear my message.” Then, a voice in me that said. “What you do doesn’t make a difference. You should just give up.” Pero, tenemos el deber a la alegria. 
But, I have an obligation to joy. 
So I went on stage regardless of my insecurities.

Today, I had reason to complain. 
Five minutes into my talk, the microphone started to malfunction.
Pero, tenemos el deber a la alegria. 
But, I have an obligation to joy. 
I put the mic down and spoke to my young friends without it.

Speaking to the kids who “wouldn’t want to hear my message” is an honor. When I looked into their eyes. I saw a generation who wanted to listen. I saw teenage faces who wanted to make a difference. It wasn’t easy. I’m hoarse but giving my voice so that others may have a voice brings me joy.

I posted a new video to YouTube today. It’s about how all of us have an obligation to Joy; to experience it and to bring it forth in the world. If it makes you “jaja,” consider liking, leaving a comment, or subscribing to my YouTube channel. That would bring me joy.