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Optimistically yours

I know I’m not alone in thinking there are a lot of super complicated things going on in the world right now. But I also have a hard time keeping world happenings separate from my own life.

We live in a world where Donald Trump is running for president and might win the Republican nomination, a world where a large number of people agree with his assertion that Muslims shouldn’t be allowed to enter the U.S. In this world, terrorism and mass shootings are not altogether unexpected, and the discussion of racism in the Twin Cities has been pushed front and center.

Every time I hear the news, I find myself thinking, “How do I fit into all of this?”  Because none of these things look like a future I really want to be a part of.

Millennials are given a lot of stereotypes, but the one I think is most true, and I am most proud of as a millennial, is that we are still full of hope and optimism that we can change the world. But when we’re faced with ignorance and fear driving society’s actions, how do we hold onto this optimism? I don’t have the answer because I am honestly afraid of losing it myself.

As a little girl, and even a teenager, I had this idea that once I became an adult I would change the world!  That little girl still lives inside me as I pride myself on being an idealist and thinking the best-case scenario is always possible, however I’ve slowly started to notice some jaded tendencies in myself and some of the people around me. And it is a real challenge for me to reconcile optimism and excitement when we live in a world that seems to be increasingly driven by fear of the unknown.

It seems pretty typical for the YNPN bloggers to impart pieces of wisdom, but I’m afraid I’m going to do exactly the opposite. Instead, I’d like you to share your wisdom with me. What can we do in 2016 to stay optimistic and idealistic in spite of the challenges the world has dealt us?

Each one of us has something unique to offer the world and make it a better place, even if that is as simple as continuing to dream about a place where everyone recognizes the humanity of everyone around them, where race, religion, and culture won’t matter.

In order to learn from and be inspired by each other, I have questions for you to consider. Let’s start a conversation!

  • What makes you excited to get up and start a new day?
  • What is something you are eternally optimistic about?
  • What do you think we could use more of in the world?
  • What are you going to do different in 2016?

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