Society is amidst some of the most controversial issues our world has ever seen. In the media, we have seen people rallying for anti-vaccination movements, people fighting for immigration reform, and the harsh realization of the seriousness of mental health and suicide. In a world where girls are told to look, act and feel a certain way, when children in underprivileged communities are being starved of the life they deserve, and when our society as a whole is failing us, what is there to do? What is hope? How do today's people keep chugging along the railway called life?
1. Local Charities
If you find yourself passionate about serving the community, charitable work is the perfect place to begin. Food banks, animal shelters, homeless shelters, and church affiliated organizations are short volunteers occasionally. With society rapidly changing and the need for certain goods and services fluctuating, charities rise to the occasion. Not only will helping others make an impact, it may just surprise you how rewarding it feels to give back.
Although politics have always been an extremely sensitive and controversial subject in society, the topic is especially problematic at the moment. People of certain affiliations believe and act upon even the smallest of issues causing the media to explode with good and bad information. Sure, that may not be true most of the time, but what a lot of people think when they hear politics is the bad things that respected party does, or even the good things they have done. If you find yourself wanting to learn more, look into the local or even state affiliation of your political party. Get involved and give yourself a voice.
3. Public Speaking
Too often the media is flooded with one sided news or even fake information that reaches people before the facts do. People love to frequently voice their opinions, so why not vocalize your ideas in hopes to spread awareness or an important message? How can you get into public speaking? No matter what the topic may be or the issue you are fighting for, SPEAK UP! Each person, no matter race, gender identity, religious affiliation, etc., has a voice that deserves to be heard.
4. Educate Yourself and Keep An Open Mind
Sometimes when information in the media is spread, it comes from uneducated sources. There is so much being thrown around, it can be hard to determine what is accurate and inaccurate. To keep your head above water, read many different sources and do your research! Make sure you can formulate your own opinion based on facts, and not a random person's pointless rant on Facebook. You will 100% come across crazy and inaccurate sources, so it is important to keep an open mind when searching for information, no matter what the topic may be.
What can you do to keep yourself one step ahead of society? It is okay if you react differently than someone. Everyone will respond in different ways to the turmoil and public opinions. In the words of Dory, "just keep swimming."