Thoughts For a New Year and a New Decade!

As the new decade begins, I find myself wondering if the world is going insane. In 2019, the Amazon forest was on fire and at the beginning of 2020, Australia is on fire. Iranians are mad at Trump and it seems like WWIII is becoming a possibility. To me global warming is clearly a fact, not fake news. Scientists have predicted that sea level will rise catastrophically by 2050, and if we don’t take actions to prevent this from happening, the entire cities will disappear from the world map. In Southeast Asia, metropolises in Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia will be severely affected. For me, the genocidal acts that has been directed against the Rohingya people in Myanmar is the saddest historical event of our time. In India, millions of people are suffering from air pollution while in Nepal countless women are still being forced to sleep in “menstruation huts” after giving birth and during the menstrual period. This is because people still believe that these women will bring them bad luck. And there are so many other issues that are going on and on. I try so hard to not consume too much of today’s news. But I can’t avoid the truth. Sometimes I ask myself, what can I do to help make this world, the only planet for us to be a better place. There are times I feel at a loss because I feel that I really don’t know what to do.

In my daily life, I am just like you. I am busy trying to accomplish my goals. I wake up each morning try to cross off all the things on my to-do list and to chase all the deadlines for my school applications. Sometimes I talk to my family, the rest of the time I try to stay healthy, do well at school, and catch up with my friends. I enjoy a drink, going dancing, and posting the most memorable times of my life on social media to share with friends. I imagine I am just like many of you. 

When I have my alone time, I reflect on my actions as I am sure many of you do too. I admit that there are time when it is hard to stay optimistic in today’s society. Nonetheless, I am still working on reaching my goals. I wake up every day, dress up, show up, and keep the ball rolling. I am not sure about how to end this post, but I know that I’d like to encourage you think globally and be open minded.

Stay aware of what is going on around you and, if you are an American, I hope that you will use your vote and your freedom of speech to advocate for the best for your country. I think that America finds itself in a dangerous place under the leadership of its current President. If you are reading this post and support Trump, I hope that you won’t hate me for this. I also hope that all my friends will continue to pray for all those who are suffering. May you be grateful for what you have and where you are right now. If you are not happy with your life, please do something. You are the driver of your destiny. Remember to stick around with people who make you feel loved. Take action by joining other people who share your believe about what is best for the society you live in.

I want to share with you that I am grateful for my host family who has been helping me and giving me space to experience life in America, to make mistakes and to learn from them. I am also very thankful for my friends and supporters who have continued to believe in me and invest in my future. And I really appreciate your time in reading my blog post and hope that it resonates with you.

We might agree that there are times when it feels like the world is going insane and that what is happening right now is very concerning. For my part, I’m trying to be a better individual and I believe, if you will do likewise, we can make the world a better place or at least make it feels less messed up. Bye for now, I’ll talk to you next time.

Here are pictures of some of my good times!

A X’mas gift from Nathalie while Phillipe is looking at me in a funny way
I am helping with cooking for Christmas Eve Dinner
My friend, Chai, me and Phillpe in Central Park, NY with a photo-bomber

My hosts and I doing a funny pose in front of the Christmas Three

A trip to NY during winter break

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