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How Do We Change The World?

Updated: Apr 27, 2022

As a kid, I was constantly reminded by my family and my teachers that I could grow up to be anything that I wanted to be and that I could change the world. I was told that with consistent hard work and focus the stars were my limit. The thought that I could change the world inspired me and made me feel hopeful. As I grew older, realizing the cruelty and injustice that existed in the world tested my hope, but I knew that these realities only account for a portion of what happens in the world. Now, as I watch the unjust things that repeatedly happen in our world, that spark strong and unified vocal objections but do not bring about change, I feel hopeless and helpless. As children we are taught to speak up for what is right, but what do we do if our voices continue to ring out without achieving change?

Stay Hopeful By Acknowledging, Understanding, & Managing Your Emotions

Acknowledging, understanding, and managing your emotions can help you stay hopeful. Constant objections to the change that you are working to achieve can take an emotional toll on you. You may experience a range of negative emotions including stress, anxiety, anger, hopelessness, and helplessness. You may also experience burnout, which is a point of physical, cognitive, and emotional exhaustion. These emotions may feel overwhelming and can erode your hope for achieving change. Therefore, it is important to acknowledge, understand, and manage the way that you feel so that you can stay hopeful, focused, and motivated to enact change.

To acknowledge your emotions, be honest with yourself about the way that you feel, and remember that your feelings are valid and that you are not wrong for experiencing them. Try to avoid dismissing and judging your emotions, which can add to your emotional strain. If you are finding it difficult to recognize your emotions, try completing statements such as “This experience makes me feel _____.” by filling in the blank with any emotion or emotions that you are feeling. Try to delve into your emotions by avoiding vague responses such as “weird” or “okay.” If you find yourself giving vague responses, delve deeper by explaining what “weird” or “okay” means. This activity can also help you understand why you feel the way that you do. Acknowledging and understanding your emotions can help you mitigate negative emotions, stay in control of the manifestations of your emotions, and continue being hopeful and focused on achieving your goal.