So hello everybody! Today I am here to celebrate the fact that I have reached half a thousand followers here on A Light In The Darkness! Wow. However, you know what? It doesn’t matter to me how many people read my blog, what means the absolute most to me are the people who have become my bestest ever friends through this small platform I use to share my thoughts and words.
I don’t tell you guys often enough how much I love you all. So here goes the Shout-Outs. Pssst, this could be looooooong.
Please don’t think that because you’re not on this list, you’re not my friend! There are SO many of you and you are all AMAZING!
Now, onto the new award that I am creating in celebration of this achievement. It’s called The Change Award.
- Link back to me, as well as whoever nominated you.
- Include this: I, Gracie Chick of A Light In The Darkness, created this award to highlight the importance of young people taking responsibility for the future of their world. The Change Award also gives them the opportunity to share with others what they believe in.
- Answer the questions below
- Nominate as many people as you like.
Make a list of the things you want to change about schools.
Make a list of the things you want to change about local communities.
Make a list of the things you want to change about the world, your world.
Okay, I’m gonna start.
- More focus on life skills that will empower a whole new generation of change-makers and peace-makers that will shift the dynamics of society – making it less greedy, selfish and money-obsessed, more connected, community-minded and environmentally aware.
- Socio-Anthropology to be taught in classrooms. It teaches kids and young people to ask why, to question ourselves and our fellow humanity and to find solutions.
- Introducing alternative styles of teaching and learning in mainstream schools, more opportunities for those who are less academic.
- Less testing and labeling of students.
- For schools to become not factories for creating capitalist, economically contributing citizens of Western ‘civilisation’, but a place where learning, creativity, ideas, inspiration and change are free and encouraged.
- For Words That Burn to be taught in all schools. It’s so important to learn about humanity, poetry gives you an incredible platform to express yourself, plus it gives students the chance to think about and challenge their world.
- A change of attitude. For people to care about their neighbours, to look after their elderly, to help each other through good times and struggles, to be committed to each other.
- More sustainability. Perhaps growing vegetables, keeping livestock, sharing responsibilities between people, but also sharing the products of their work.
- Less prejudice between people of different races, religions or political views within local communities.
- A better selection of YA books in libraries lol.
- Many of the things in my past two lists, just on a global scale.
- A renaissance where people realise that our greedy, self-obsessed, money-orientated society is not the answer and that we should stop corrupting the world by spreading it as far and wide as we can. That we borrow from other cultures the wisdom that we need to rebuild community, human connection and committment.
- Reduction of poverty. This can be achieved if people start sharing!
- More poetry!
- Cheaper avocados.
- More affordable books.
- And good leaders.
If I gave you a shout – out, you are nominated! If I didn’t and you’d still like to do this, feel free.
So there you go! A pretty jam-packed post. I hope you enjoyed it.
*mutters to self* “500 hundred followers, my my, my!” *wanders off*