Whenever people complain about the next generation on Facebook and Twitter and the like, I always tell them to check out Tumblr.
I came here looking to expand my social media reach and instead found myself immersed in what I can only describe as “that Prom Queen scene from Mean Girls” (but forever).
I don’t know if it’s just the people I follow, or the blogs I stumble across, but I feel a lot of hope for the future when I scroll through my dashboard. You’re such a supportive, curious, brave bunch of people. You’re willing to learn and to discuss, debate and teach.
I feel very honoured to be able to experience the details of your lives: the anxieties, the moments of self-doubt and fear and the huge rallying of community spirit to help each other through those times. (As well as the fandoms, constant shipping and perfect gifs.)
The media has a habit of portraying young people either as those to be feared - to be concerned about, or as unattainably high-achieving saints, with very little coverage for the middle-ground (or the under-ground for those facing difficult situations).
I’m sorry for the slightly older (to the much older) generations who undermine or underestimate you. You are capable and already achieving so much, even if they/we can’t always see it. If you’re not already, you guys are gonna shine as bright as you do on here.