‘Informed youth are powerful youth, and powerful youth can create meaningful and lasting change.’
Throughout my journey on this blog, the reality of the above phrase has only grown in my mind. Youth are more informed than ever and are unbelievably passionate about what they stand for. I’ve been able to talk to many young people through this blog and be inspired by their commitment and motivation to create positive change in their communities.
I started writing because I wanted to be informed. I wanted to understand what was happening around me and form my own judgments, so that I too could advocate for change. I didn’t have any agenda or plan for the blog; I just wrote about what I saw in the world and how it impacted me.
My first few blog articles were on topics including homelessness, drug and alcohol abuse, terrorism and refugees. 2 years later, these topics continue to appear in my blog; however, they’ve expanded, evolved and even altered in certain areas, as I’ve learnt more. In fact, only a few days ago, I wrote an article titled “A Forgotten Crisis: The Exploitation of Refugees”, where I utilised all the knowledge I have gained over the past few years and applied it to the current position of refugees in our world.
Blogging leads to conversations. I could never have imagined the number of people I would be able to talk to just by posting some articles online. Whether it be family, friends, youth in my local area, or people from every continent in the world, no textbook could have taught me as much as the conversations I’ve had over the last 2 years. For me, blogging facilitates and inspires those conversations, and I am incredibly grateful for its role in growing my connections and deepening my understanding.
As I mentioned earlier, I’ve always emphasised writing what I see and what I’m passionate about, instead of merely writing about the things that have the most attention or are in the news. Therefore, although this blog started mainly covering topics such as politics and current affairs, its scope has also expanded to include the law, music, sport and personal topics. It’s a collection of my thoughts (along with The Music Roundup author Alex and Let’s Get Legal author Daniel), but it’s only possible due to the conversations along the way.
To those who have followed the blog since the beginning or have joined throughout the last two years, I’m incredibly grateful for your support, encouragement and responses that have challenged me and helped me grow in my understanding. I look forward to continuing to share my thoughts and hopefully sparking more important discussions for many more years to come!