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For [our kids]

In his latest post, my husband wrote that I’m worried about the world we’ll leave behind for our children.

It was a side point, and his post wasn’t about politics, but it’s been on my mind since I read it.

I am worried, and it’s a hopeful thing.

I always thought politics was this weird and terrible dark art only a few could practice.

There was the real world, and then there was politics. Politicians politicked while the rest of us lived.

That changed a few months ago. After my siblings introduced me to Bernie Sanders (as more than an impractical joke), I saw that politics and real life could and should converge–that they could converge to start improving right now the world we adults leave to our children.

Before, I didn’t really feel there was cause to hope. Doom and gloom would prevail no matter what I did.

It’s different today when I worry out loud. These political musings aren’t meant to be grim or despairing, though they may sound it.

If there were no cause for hope and catastrophe were truly a foregone conclusion, there would be little point worrying. Doom would be settled and sealed.

But it’s not settled. There is cause for hope.

Hope and worry are woven together for me.

I worry because I still have hope. I choose to use that worry to propel me to work for shaping a better world. To find the steps that will make that possible.

I know only that the first step is finding my voice by engaging in discourse.

The rest will follow.

So for my kids and yours, I’ll seek.

This 9/14/16 post transferred from L2SP 6/21/17

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