This is it. This world, This life, It’s all we have-- It’s our past, It's our present, It's our future, too. We have everything to lose. This is why I move. For those moments when my breath is short, When my eyes are wide, When my imagination is so full of wonder That my heart aches-- This precious place We can never replace We are slowly beginning to lose The trees that are turning into waste. This is why I move. Because I was raised with an open mind And education has been turned into a way to confine Our thoughts Instead of a tool to liberate Our hearts So we can find Our own moral groove Instead of having to prove We fit a misguided Definition of intelligence-- This is why I move. For all the nights I've walked alone, Afraid of the dark, Not for lack of intimacy with the stars, But for fear of what lurks in Harmless corners That have become home For too many men Defined by a culture that celebrates Violence And objectifies women As the ultimate goal to pursue. This is why I move. Because I've forgotten the meaning of family, And an inexplicable loneliness Accompanies me, Even in this world full Of seven billion people-- We've lost the art of connectivity, Forgotten how to create community Despite the increase in availability of tools we use To communicate, we still refuse To share what we really feel. This is why I move. Because everyone hides the truth, We live lives we didn’t choose. And I can’t stand to watch the news Cause every time I do I remember why I hate the way we view Tragedy: Because the constant stream Of impersonal statistics Feeds apathy And we're told constantly "No one will remember you." The victims are lost in a slew of numbers And perpetrators are celebrated like celebrities This is why I move. Yet I refuse to accept That my agency Is incapable Of change Or that the media can control my life More than my own mind Can define The choices I make, The risks I take, The things I hate. So for all the moments I've clenched my fists Then convinced myself There's nothing I can do Today I will stand. Today, I will choose: I won’t wait no more. This is why I move. I move to change the world. What will you do?