What have we come in the world for? To simply live a life? To win the quest for happiness? To find someone to love and cherish till we die? We all live for different purposes, and that reason is what keeps us going. If we lose that, everything falls apart. But most of our reasons for continuing to fight the hellish obstacles of life are selfish. True enough, this is but a selfish world. No one lives for someone else. But perhaps, that’s not really some kind of a norm that everyone follows, because there are some who choose to live life in the hope that they can make others happy.
Selfless people are not nonexistent. They might be endangered, but they aren’t like fairies who only exist in books. They come in different forms, different genders, and different age. Perfect example for that is the story of a young girl whose only wish was “to make a difference.”
Eight-year-old Maddy Grayless from Longmont, Colorado, was a cheerful young girl who seemed like a grown-up when asked what she wanted to be when she grows old. She wanted to be a baker, a singer, or even a paleontologist, and she was all set up to reaching those dreams.
But things took a harsh turn when one day, she started nosebleeding heavily, and when checked by the doctor, she was diagnosed by a type of bone cancer called osteosarcoma, a deadly one. The family was told that she only had two months to live.
Maddy’s mother, Jessica Grayless, said that her daughter became so sad after knowing about her fate. The young gal said that she didn’t want to die because she still wanted to do some things, and that all of her desires boiled down to one goal, which in Maddy’s words, went, “I just wanted to be able to make a difference.”
When the story of Maddy spread in the popular social networking site Facebook, a group of strangers helped the girl make the difference she wanted. They set up a campaign called Maddy’s Mighty Minions, a pay-it-forward program designed to inspire people to brighten someone’s day in their own little way.
The campaign spread, and people started sharing the acts of kindness they did in memory of Maddy.
Although Maddy did not live long enough to see the change she made as she died two weeks after she was diagnosed, her family had seen that their angel has fulfilled her dream. She may not be physically present to witness it, she is smiling from wherever she is, knowing that some people are happy because of her.