To which I reply “I love rhinos. This tat reminds me of my greater purpose, my dream, my goal. I want to go to Africa, I want to fight poaching.”
Then comes the look – the raised eyebrows, the incredulous expression, the “you’re an odd duck, a nut, a girl whose cheese has slid off her cracker.”
Granted rhinos aren’t a popular topic, there’s no glamour or cute and fuzzy effect about them. Not to mention from a philanthropic perspective, they’re not first on most people’s priority list. (Most global issues aren’t.)
But that’s ok. We don’t all share the same plight in life. Imagine if everyday someone knocked on your door to ask for your pledge to breast cancer awareness, if that’s all they talked about at work, if it was the only topic on the news. After awhile, your sensitivity to it would wane. (Not to mention a bit unfair for the prostate, leukemia, ovarian, and lung cancer patients.)
This doesn’t mean I don’t care about breast cancer or supporting veterans or helping my local charities. It’s simply that we all have our own “thing” in life. A path, a passion, something that speaks to us. For me, that is the rhino.
For every cause, there is a warrior to fight it. I just happen to be a rhino warrior. I didn’t choose this, I was meant for this.
So the next time someone asks you why, tell them it’s your thing. Own it, and be the best at it you can be.