With all of this fear and hesitation, however, comes a feeling of excitement. My kid eyes are still wide open, there is still that light that burns so bright in me. And I know that it is that light which will ignite me even in the darkest of times. I have to trust myself and my ability to be a compassionate person who truly wants to see change. I have to put all of my weight onto my talents and blindly follow the path that I can only hope will lead me to my dreams. And as hard as that is, there is also so much beauty in it. There is so much of this earth I have yet to discover, so many lands my feet have yet to touch down on. And all these places have yet to discover me. The anonymity that I can bring to this world and all of its issues is part of what makes me so unique.
As normal and regular we might all believe ourselves to be, every single person has something that makes them different. We all have one thing, tiny as it may be, that makes us extraordinary. We owe it to each other to want to discover that side to every person we ever meet. As individuals we have the ability to sledgehammer down the walls that have been previously built for us and live outside of these restraints. As youth, we have the keys. We have the responsibility to instigate change and make a difference, and we can do it.
Art: Ilana Newman
Words: Ana Sandoval