I have thought long and hard about writing this blog post. In the end I have just decided to write.
It seems like everyday something is in the news about humans harming and killing another humans. If not that, then it’s natural disasters or famine or illness.
It can be hard sometimes to look at the world and think where is the good. What do future generations have to look forward to. I’m not writing this post and pretending I haven’t thought those things too. I have. But then I will read something or see something so inspiring, beautiful and kind that I don’t forget the bad things in this world but it gives me hope that there are people who do want to literally ‘change the world and make it a better place’.
I dislike focusing on the Paris attacks because I recognise there are so many other attacks where people die every day, many of which are not reported in the media. However it was the most high profile attack recently and so naturally some of the acts of kindness that sprung from that attack were reported. From the Parisian people using Twitter to open up their homes to survivors of the attack who needed a place to stay, to heartfelt words of compassion. Those were the stories that I sought out after the attacks because those were the stories that give me hope.
Bad things happen and I don’t think we should ever stop acknowledging and learning from them. I also don’t think we should ever stop having hope and that hope can come from anything. From friends and family around you to stories in the media.
One thing I have tried to focus on is that the only thing I can control in this world is me. My emotions, my actions. So I can control the fact that I seek out happy stories and feel happy. I can also speak out against the bad things that happen and help to change things in my own little corner of the world.
It’s our world and we are the ones living in it. I’m glad you’re all here with me.