With everything that is happening in the world at the moment, I personally began to feel very overwhelmed. By using meditation and self-reflection techniques that I learned during Art of Living courses, I’ve been working on turning that feeling of frustration into something positive and I have been thinking deeply about my purpose in life.
My thoughts have led me here:
It’s now, more than ever, that the world needs a movement like AWAKE. We are in the midst of a global pandemic, entire communities of people still don’t have access to their basic human rights and people are being oppressed because of the colour of their skin. People are frustrated and we are finally seeing that. Never before has the power of young people coming together to empower change been more evidenced. Mostly, through an intellectual use of the tools right at all of our fingertips: technology and media. Young people all over the world are uniting over the same message: we want change.
AWAKE is that vehicle for change. We are a team of young people, frustrated with the state of the world that we live in, and that most of those things are the result of a man-made system that is harming our planet and it’s species. Here at AWAKE, we want to create a new system where the entirety of the human race, all 7.8 million+, have their basic human rights. We’ve seen in America the very people put on the streets to “serve and protect” us, the police, responsible for some awful crimes and how young people have started causing progress in many of those cases. When we stand together, our voices are louder – there is no doubt. We must continue to fight for a world where, as Martin Luther King said, people are not judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character.
For me on a personal level, the state of the world right now and the challenges I have had to face as a result has just given me more motivation. Being in South Africa for most of lockdown, and spending the last few weeks back in London, I have seen two different responses to the pandemic. The responses and how they’ve affected people’s lives frustrates me. And these frustrations may be the most present now, but it doesn’t mean that the frustrations from before are gone. Climate change is still a problem. Poverty. Hunger. The world is frustrated. Young people are frustrated about racism, about politics and about so much more. We have to do something about it.
I believe that if there was ever a time for a global movement of young people to change the system, that time is now. Together we can shape a world without these problems. Together, we can wake up.