This day is usually just another day off. Just like every holiday; never stopping to really think about why you are actually off, celebrating the day of someone epic.
Martin Luther King Jr., a man who stepped up to change and embraced it, fought for it, and dedicated his life to making things happen.
There aren't all that many influential people in the world where you can say they fought for a cause and made it happen. Working in the Bronx has showed me how different life really can be in a different neighborhood with different cultures.
Yes, not every single person in these cultures shows the same motivation and change as others, but you find that everywhere; white, black, Hispanic, Asian, Korean, etc. Sometimes the differences between me and them are so great, that they don't respect me for it, and I can't emphasize with them to the fullest I would like.
But there are people out there who are there doing it anyway, who have been there doing it anyway, and continue to do it everyday, regardless of all of that.
One of the best quotes I've seen by MLK jr. is this:
"Life's most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?"
In not many professions can you say you are absolutely doing something for others. I am glad to have worked so hard to be in mine. It has been life changing.
Read Martin Luther King's speech if you have time, now he was someone who knew how to public speak!