MATILDE REBÊLO DE ANDRADE
"for me, this is what it means to be just a Change. It is to feel this immediate enthusiasm and pride for being part of this cause so much greater than me and wanting to talk about it to those who ask me (or even those who don't... ups). "
I've lost count of the number of times I've been asked, in the most varied situations, what is "Just a Change". It's funny how, all these times, suddenly, words jump out of me to talk about just. For me, this is what it means to be Just a Change. It is to feel this immediate enthusiasm and pride to be part of this cause so much greater than me and to want to talk about it to those who ask me (or even those who don't ... ups).
When I try to summarize my experience to those who have never heard of it, it's never very easy. Because being in Just a Change is so many things ... Being in Just a Change is knowing that you're full of dust in every inch of what you can call the human body, but knowing that to laugh at the situation is always the best option. To be in Just a Change is to take the subway wearing clothes full of paint, surrounded by disapproving eyes that, if they could speak, they'd ask me what mistake had I done to be forced to do community work. Is to know how to fight the alarm clock in a summer morning, knowing that in a short time you're climbing scaffolding. Being in Just a Change is being in a car with four strangers doing small talk one day, and with great friends sharing stories of the work in the other.
One of the most important things that Just a Change has taught me was the value of friendship: "Take Friendship seriously". Super Bock coined the phrase, but Just a Change gave it all its meaning. I feel that, because it is a cause that demands that we strip ourselves of everything, the friendships are instantly more genuine and without so many filters. We know so many people so different from us and what we're used to. It's incredible the number of people who, despite coming from completely different backgrounds and thinking in a completely different way from mine, have the same desire as me to roll up their sleeves and, literally, get to work. Isn't it incredible to think that that specific group of people is gathered, not because they are part of the same group, but because they want to change the world?