If The Kids Are United We Will Never Be Divided

Heya people. Yeah. Long time no see….things have been hectic what with writing my TEDx talk (yaaa that’s a thing) and planning for the future now that me and my family have finished our Round The UK On A Tenner A Day challenge (oh yeah that happened too).

I wrote this for our family’s website One Life Share It, but decided to share it on here as the message of empowerment is incredibly important to me as a young person. Enjoy and please add your thoughts in the comments and discuss with each other. As always, I want this blog to be a platform for connection 😊

I originally took on this journey on behalf of my generation because, though I know that the issues my peers are facing are big and complex and overwhelming and that I cannot solve them, I want young people to know that there is hope, that people do care, that people are willing to be part of bringing about change and that no one has to be alone in their struggles. I want to somehow give my generation the platform to feel empowered and proud and hopeful. I believe that community and human connection have the power to do that.

On our journey, we’ve discovered that by rebuilding their communities ordinary people are creating their own solutions to the struggles they face. Simply by coming together, crossing divides and supporting one another, they are changing the face of the society we live in for the better. I want young people to be involved in this. I want them to feel the same sense of belonging I’ve felt through being part of these communities, the same sense of pride and warmth and empowerment. 

It’s plain to see that my generation are struggling, but I’ve learnt that when we are given the opportunity to be part of our communities and help make them a better place, we are simultaneously given hope for our future too. If we are an essential part of our communities now, we will feel responsibility and care towards them throughout our lifetimes because they’re ours and we played a part in shaping them. Young people have so much to give – our talents and gifts, our life experiences and knowledge, our ideas and creativity. Our communities and society are our inheritance, but we are part of them now.

Awae has my entire heart go watch it now ❤️

We are a generation who crave social interaction and I believe that we can find the same belonging we seek in our friend groups and online in our communities amongst people of all generations and walks of life. I can tell you from my own experience that we can find as much fun, laughter, support, strength and purpose from spending time with groups of people in our communities as we can in the familiarity and restriction of our comfort zones. Community exists in so many ways, shapes and forms, but every single one of us has an invaluable part to play in it. 

Older generations, please recognise the necessity of what we have to contribute and help us get involved. Guide us with your experiences and wisdom, but listen to our voices too. Young people, I know it may be hard to know where to start and that it’s a step outside of our comfort zone, but our communities are as much ours as they are anyone else’s and we have to take ownership, we have to work together to make the communities and society we live in better for everyone using what we’re passionate about and what we’re good at. I know you probably hear this a lot, but this is our future and the power to shape it lies in our hands. It’s up to us what we do with it. 

27 thoughts on “If The Kids Are United We Will Never Be Divided

    • Thank you so much and AHHH that’s so exciting to meet a fellow kindred spirit haha. I binged the entire season in two evenings, internally (and externally) screamed a lot, cried and possibly nearly hyperventilated. I love awae because it covers so many topics in such a heartfelt, relevant, powerful way and don’t even get me started on the characters – they are some of the best ever created. So yeah I think everyone should watch it because it will inspire, uplift, empower and educate you. What did you think? 💙

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      • AHHH, I completely agree with you!! Anne With an E is an empowering show and it’s so unlike any shows that come out these days. AWAE is simple compared to other dramatic and action-packed shows but; it’s one of my all-time favorites. I binged the third season as well(and plan on re-binging asap) and I just adore it. I loved that in the third season we got more of Gilbert and Anne(Shirbert) and more character development from each of the characters. I love so many of the characters(your right, they are some of the best created)from, Diana Barry to Sebastian. Each of them are so sweet and great role models.
        Also, because you love AWAE I have to recommend the 1985 film Anne and of the Green Gables (which also has a sequel and a continuing story). It’s amazing and, while it follows a similar storyline to the show(because both are based on the book)both are still quite different. I can’t ever get enough of Anne and, I’m so happy to have found someone who appreciates and loves the shows as much as I do;)

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      • I know, that’s another thing I love about it – it’s so unique and just so real. Ahhh I can’t even begin to pick a fav character like they’re all just so perfectly themselves and yes, such good role models. And I could scream ably Shirbert forever haha. Ooo okay, I’ll check that out. Have you read any of the books? Xx

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      • Your right, it is very unique and realistic! When I was trying to convince a classmate of mine to watch the show, they told me the storyline was too “basic”!!!
        I read Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery and, the show and movie both incorporate some direct quotes from the book! I know Anne of the Green Gables is part of a trilogy of novels but, I never read the other two. Have you read any of the books?

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  1. “We are a generation who crave social interaction and I believe that we can find the same belonging we seek in our friend groups and online in our communities amongst people of all generations and walks of life. I can tell you from my own experience that we can find as much fun, laughter, support, strength and purpose from spending time with groups of people in our communities as we can in the familiarity and restriction of our comfort zones. Community exists in so many ways, shapes and forms, but every single one of us has an invaluable part to play in it. ”

    and you think i’m a good writer?
    no way
    this
    this is beautiful
    this is needed
    and honestly, preach it gracie
    i’ve been slowly trying to connect here on the island, and you know what you are totally right
    humanity is hard
    and mean
    and sad
    but within each of us is kindness and love
    and sometimes what brings that out in us is each other
    so you are going to do amazing
    and we’ll be doing it with you
    because we are gonna make some noise
    🙂

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    • Jo you are the best ❤ Thank you so much. I think all forms of connection and community are beautiful and necessary and that young people must stand together, whether that’s on our blogging platforms or in our physical communities. We must stand up for what’s important to us, but we cannot stand forever, we must move forward too – with the help of all the generations. And that line ”
      but within each of us is kindness and love
      and sometimes what brings that out in us is each other” is simply incredible and I absolutely could not agree more. Love you loads 💛

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  2. This is so beautiful, Gracie, your words always seem to brighten my day (somehow? Is this magic?)
    I’ve lived a very complicated life, and I’ve always been a bit confused about whether I’m satisfied of everything I have or have just been craving for more. And I like to think that I’ve known sadness, and pain, and I know what being crushed by the weight of the world feels like. But over the past year I’ve made so many connections, and right now, in this moment, I don’t feel anything but loved. You’re right, we’re social beings and we need community, we need a kind word and a smile and someone to hug us and someone to laugh at dumb jokes with. And I find it so amazing that you’re spreading that joy and the spirit of humanity. I hope you know that I love you so much, and I love what you’re doing and giving to the world.
    P.S: Was the third season AWAE the best thing ever or what?? I’m so sad it ended tho 😦

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    • That means SO much to me, Mukta ❤ I am so so glad that my words make a difference – that’s always my hope. Thank you for sharing your experiences of connection and community too, we are social beings to the core and we need each other. As young people, we need to see the way that coming together as a community gives us strength, purpose and belonging for our future. I love you loads too and you have no idea how much I appreciate all your support 💛 Continue to spread the message of community and connection, I know how much you believe in it.
      P.S. OMW YESSSSS it’s everything. Like I can’t even put my feelings for awae into words 😍

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      • YAY I know nobody irl who watches AWAE so I finally have someone to scream about it to sksksksks
        I love how the third season wrapped things up! All the Anne and Gilbert drama finally closed up and ahhh I loved the part where she sees her parents’ book!! The script and visuals were great as usual and I loved Ka’kwet’s story too. It felt like the ending was rushed and I wish there was another season but oh well. 🙂 I binged the whole thing in one day and sat up till 1am to finish it which just made me feel like a couch potato with no life. It was very worth it. 😂

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      • Ahhhhh Kindred Spirits are everythinggggg 😉 It’s just such an empowering, beautiful, incredible, deep show with some essential messages and THE best characters and I’m so glad you love it too ❤

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  3. GRACIE PREAAAAAAAAAAAAACH SIS!! I love this post SO much!!! I love that Anne with an E quote, the graphics in this post and I just 100% agree with all that you have to see. I’M SO EXCITED FOR THIS TED TALK – please send it to us when it’s out! So proud of you sis and you bring me so much hope for the future!

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    • BAYYYYYY THANK YOUUU SISTA. I will definitely be sharing the TEDx talk after we’ve given it in April (vv excitingggg) and I am so so glad and happy and honoured that you would say that because giving people hope for the future is pretty much exactly what I want my words and actions to achieve so thank you ❤

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  4. a Ted talk that’s so exciting!!! totally agree that our generation need social interaction, I went away for three weeks and it was so refreshing not feeling like I needed to reply all the time etc x

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    • Thank you and yesss I totally agree 😊 We all need human connection and to feel like we belong and I think a lot of us find that online, but it is important to take a break from technology and be a part of our physical communities too because they are so necessary and valuable xx

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    • I KNOW I KNOW I CANT EVEN BELIEVE WE’RE DOING A TEDX TALK EITHER. I’ve literally grown up watching them and just ahhhh….so exciting. I will, of course, share it here and awww thank you Chloe 💙❤xxx

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  5. SISSSSSSSS i am so with you on this one. love love love this!! i honestly don’t have much to add because i’m literally nodding in agreement with everything you said. preach it, gracie, preach it. gahhh i love you <333

    alsoooo, i *still* haven't got watching awae yet. so sorry! i'm actually really annoyed because i'm super interested to see it & i've forgotten the password to netflix on my phone. smh. but i've seen bits & pieces of it & eeeee, i'm craving more XDD (off the topic, but did you watch any jojo? lolol).

    anywaysss, keep writing more posts like this xx

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