Appreciating Extraordinary

April 13, 2012 at 11:17 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Yesterday was the start of the 2012 Youth Week. Many events and activities are planned right around the country under the banner this year of ‘Imagine, Create, Inspire.’ This is a great time to reflect on how young people can become involved in things that they are passionate about and some inspiring examples of youth making a difference. We all go through this vulnerable time in our lives, trying to figure out who we are, what we want out of life, and why certain people or society as a whole may not understand what matters to us. At certain times the disempowering feeling of being anonymous can wash over individuals but interdependent networks, communities of anonymous extraordinaries as Natalie Warne speaks about in her talk, can inspire and support us during this time. Each and every one of us are extraordinary.

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” – Dr. Seuss

This talk from Natalie Warne at a TedXTeen conference last year illustrates her passion to make a contribution to society and the discovery of self in the process. This is a snapshot of so many examples of youth who engage in actions and initiatives that mean something to them and can inspire others on their own journey. Despite experiencing issues that are universal, family issues such as illness, school issues such as diversity being used as disconnection rather than celebrated, personal issues such as questioning what makes her extraordinary and can an individual possibly make a difference, she was able to navigate through her youth and make a positive contribution to effect change. She makes the powerful statement of discovering what you believe in, what is personal and real for you, and chasing after that. Those daily thoughts and acts, regardless of the small or mundane nature of them, rather than the ‘Oprah’ moments are of most importance as you journey towards your goals.

Imagine, Create, Inspire are words that can represent daily thoughts and actions, these thoughts and actions can make a world of difference. The process of feeling empowered involves having awareness and appreciation of the incredible potential that we each possess when we reflect on what’s important to us and make conscious choices that move us closer to these goals. Consider the way that we engage in our own and others life creations, what makes our life sing or our life dance as Natalie spoke about, the language, attitude and attention we use and demonstrate can have a huge impact on others within our spheres of influence. This process is ongoing, with the successes and challenges following us throughout our lives.

“Be the change you wish to see in the world!” – Ghandi

Find ways to be extraordinary each and every day!

This week on our Facebook page we will be highlighting various ways that young people are making a difference in our world. Check them out as the week progresses.

Enjoy this talk from Natalie Warne and enjoy Youth Week 2012!

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