I LOVE the news. I really do. I love the New York Times, Huffington Post, my Twitter timeline, even my Facebook newsfeed. I’m one of those people who thinks it’s important to stay up to date with what’s going on in the world. I enjoy reading interesting stories and talking about them amongst friends and coworkers. Sometimes though, the news can be really depressing and if I read too much of the negative stuff, I lose interest. Personally, I’m drawn to stories about education, children/adolescents, bullying, mental health, and advocacy. The thing is, however, I most enjoy stories about young people doing things in their communities to battle problems that are important to them. I really don’t have any preference to what the issue at hand is, I just love seeing young people making sure THEIR voices are heard. Ultimately, I wish the news highlighted more of this.
When I was trying to articulate into words what exactly I wanted My Kindness Counts to be about, this concept was what I found most difficult to explain. I wanted to create a little space online that could highlight all the GOOD young people were doing in their communities. I think YOU matter and I think that what you feel is important MATTERS. While fighting for your passions or speaking up against things you don’t like can be daunting, it’s important. I use (and love) Twitter so much because I can create my own news. I can follow people like you who are doing AMAZING things in your communities. If you are someone who is standing up for an issue you find important, send me an email and I’ll feature it here on My Kindness Counts. Your act of kindness, no matter how big or small, can encourage others to do the same.