I’ll admit, it’s been hard finding the right words to start this blog off with. There’s a lot going on in the world right now, whether it be on a global scale as we process the political movements occurring around us, or on a personal level as we adjust to our changing lives as newly formed adults. At times I feel like I’m ill-equipped to face the hurdles/opportunities/assignments thrown at me. Twenty-one seems like a hard age – the people I know are either still slaves to the school system, or settling down with diamond rings and ultrasounds.
The quarter-life-crisis was a punchline, jokingly said by older generations as they look down on us for existing. However, I think there’s some truth in it. We don’t know what the future holds for us. Our uncertainly stems from the ever-increasing doom we’re told to expect: the housing market is unaffordable, unemployment is high, and the youth are technology-obsessed, self obsessed and incapable.
I disagree (I may be biased, but I’m happy to debate my point).
Our weaknessess are our capacities. We may be technology-obsessed but we understand it. We may be self-obsessed but we are self-aware. We may be incapable but we are a product of our education. As a woman, I see so many incredible figures who have come before me, and am inspired. History has seen women fight – and love – and live – and die. I want this blog to be a reminder of that.
I think, as students, we get so swept up in courses, social lives, and work. Our creativity is sucked out of us as soon as we’re required to choose between art or maths, music or science. I’m gradually re-finding my creativity. Our youth mental health rates are disturbing at best, lethal at worst. While I will not imply causation, I think creative expression has a place in helping young people find their way through their own minds. I want this blog to be a reminder of that.
I have no real direction for this blog (or for life, in many ways). I will write what I feel is important, or what needs to be said. I may share thoughts, history lessons, creative endeavours or none of the above. You’ll never believe what happens next!