Finding your own voice and being an individual. This is a common theme rattling around in my mind recently. The bravery and poise of the Parkland kids, and those like them, is something we adults can learn so much from. Today is about Gun Control, but the byproduct of today is a turning point for the future of our country as a whole. Mainly, the ability of all of us to stand up for what we believe in and do something about it. To speak out and make a difference.
If an 11 year old can stand up for what she believes in and stand if front of millions to say it out loud, then so can I!
Hopefully, these speeches and actions help other youth follow in these amazing kids footsteps and get active in what they believe in, no matter what it may be. These are the things that help make our country great.
The fact is tragedy is necessary for things to change. We all wish that wasn’t the case, but it’s the truth. The problem has been that we haven’t been able to find the ways to speak up together and stick to a plan. We haven’t been able to leap from the shadows and make the necessary changes.
The youth have the advantage now. I hope they can take the lead and show us ignorant adults what the future holds, show us how things need to change. Then maybe we can see what was missed when we had the chance to make some changes for the better. There’s still time to make a difference. I’m as much at fault as anyone.
These kids are going to be voting in the NEAR future, I suspect in LARGE numbers and people of my generation (Generation X) and older will be vastly out numbered. The best thing we can do is listen to the youth for once instead of disregarding them and work together to make this country better. This is the sowing of seeds that can help bring us together in the future to make things better for everyone. Seeing young people speaking out for what they believe makes me proud to be living here and makes me optimistic for the future.
There is so much work that needs to be done. Truthfully, we may be in a situation in this country where it’s just too late. I hope that’s not the case because it feels like this could be the start of something really powerful.