Dear teenagers today,
Just because society believes that all we do in life is sleep, eat, procrastinate, and make poor decisions doesn’t mean we should live up to those standards. In fact, we should surpass them with flying colors. We are in the prime of our lives–learning all about who we are and what we are made to do. Don’t let your age limit you in any way–don’t feel too old to believe that dreams come true and don’t feel too young that you can’t make a difference. You can. Just think about all the young people our age who have made a difference in the lives of others around them: Just to name two, there’s Ana Dodson who was 17 years old when she founded Peruvian Hearts to support girls in the village where she was born before being adopted, and Bilaal Rajan who was named a UNICEF ambassador at age 8 because of his constant fundraising for causes such as HIV/AIDS research and disaster relief. There are so many more people like this in the world who have devoted their lives from a young age to make a difference in the world around them.
What’s the lesson here? Don’t feel discouraged that you haven’t lived your life like these two examples. Instead, figure out a problem in the world that you are passionate about. Unfortunately, there are plenty of problems which need addressing in this world. And then, start small. In your household, in your school, in your local community. And soon, with hard work, motivation, and maybe some help from the adults in your life, you will have started something great.
You never know what’s going to happen unless you try.