What if we told you, you can change the world?
On International Youth Day, let’s celebrate your power to shape the future.
You might have heard stories of youngsters who took the world by storm.
What they all hold in common is that they started with a single seed of thought and worked against all odds to create a forest of impact.
However, change does not have to be monumental. You can take small steps to make a big difference within your home and community.
Let’s start with what you can do today to build a better tomorrow:
Knowledge is your greatest superpower. The more you learn, the more game-changing ideas you develop. Your learning does not have to stop at your syllabus. Visit the library to read more books or look up videos online that can give you more perspective on the subject or topic that interests you. And, ask as many questions as you can — being curious is a value that will keep you motivated to create change.
You might have already decided what profession you want to pursue. Be it a scientist, an engineer, or an architect, you can always present unique ideas that add value to your field. Sign up for courses that enhance your skills. Also, reach out to a mentor for professional guidance and practical exposure. This will not only help you become an expert in your field but also identify problems that you can solve down the line.
It’s no secret that the earth needs your help. Take the time to understand how people can be more mindful about the consumption of resources. Start by practising the 3 R’s in your home — Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Plant a tree on every birthday, find ways to use less water and electricity, and switch to sustainable products — these are some out of thousands of ways to be kinder to the environment.
Volunteering is a great way to connect with a larger community about issues that you deeply care about. Work with local NGOs or join forces with your friends — organise a clothing donation drive, collect leftovers to feed the hungry, clean local parks and beaches, teach underserved children, and raise awareness about important issues among your circles. Your actions can empower others in more ways than you can imagine.
Pursuing your hobbies and interests is important to becoming a well-rounded person. Are you a part of clubs at school or a music community in your neighbourhood? These are the perfect places to meet like-minded people. The more you mingle, the more you can learn about different people and their cultures. Being around a diverse community will help you understand the world, and actively work towards making it a better place.
While the above tips will help you start small on building the future you envision, you can also begin working on your passion project today. This could be anything from building your own community to innovating for the greater good.
Here’s how you can initiate the next big change:
As the youth of today, right now is your moment to shine. You have the golden opportunity to build a better world for yourself and everyone around you. While you set out on this great adventure, remember to prioritise your mental health, keep an open mind, don’t be afraid of failure, and most importantly, be kind!
Do you feel inspired? Tell us in the comments below what you plan to start doing today.
Vandya is a copywriter by the day and an amateur illustrator by the night. She's a cat mom 24/7. As a certified organisation freak, she lives and breathes in Notion. With a head full of ideas, she is passionate about crafting interesting concepts - for work or play. To kick back at the end of the day, she likes binge-watching shows with an inclination for all things spooky.
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