My sister told my mom that she wasn’t going to have kids because she didn’t want them to have to grow up in a world that was so terrible. My mom was silent for a minute before she said “I thought the same thing when I was your age. But when I got older, and when I got married, I decided to have kids and I decided that I would teach them to change the world.”
My mom homeschooled my two younger sisters and I until my Freshman year of high school. She taught me many valuable lessons that, as a Freshman in college with a major in English and plans to continue studying Political Science and Communications, I still apply to everyday life. One of my favorite quotes ever is from a television show called “The West Wing”. “Never doubt that a small group of dedicated citizens can change the world. Do you know why? Because it’s the only thing that ever has.” Our generation is going into adulthood with the mindset of everything being broken, and that’s really not OK. Not everyone who has ideas or opinions is bad. Not everyone who disagrees with those ideas or opinions is bad. Differences have united people throughout history and in the 21st century, we are far to intelligent to allow them to divide us.
It’s almost our turn. Right now we’re at “unpaid intern” status, but someday, someday soon, one of us is going to open the door and it will be up to us. We will make the world a better place for our parents and for our children. Because I, like my mother before me, will be raising children to make a difference in the world and not to bow and accept their situation as futile.