Monday, April 27, 2009

Our Youth Stand for Hope

Keep true to the dreams of thy youth. ~ Friedrich von Schiller

Saturday was an incredible day! I spent the day with about 50 young people, ages 14-18, as they worked with amazing musicians, songwriters and producers to create songs about oneness. These young people truly were inspirational as together in one day they wrote lyrics, created music, recorded AND performed the 16 songs they created!

Their music was about peace, oneness and hope. The experience was truly one of beauty and inspiration! These young people showed that they really get what matters. I laughed and cried throughout the day, all the while feeling my heart just radiating with love, acceptance and joy. Our youth stand for hope, there is no doubt about it. They are conscious, creative, loving and they believe that anything is possible. This day, put on by the LA Human Relation Commission's Zero Hour project (, demonstrated that if we engage our young people and ask them to help steer us in the right direction that we might actually begin to find the solutions to many of the problems our generation and those before us have created.

One song asked how can we change the world if we don't change ourselves first? Another reiterated that peace starts inside. The young people varied from ethnic, cultural and economic backgrounds, yet they joined together with one message of hope and unity. As I walked from room to room and listened to these young people, my heart felt truly full and open. One girl, upon hearing her song fully recorded, just kept saying, I can't believe it, it is a dream come true.

It truly was a miracle watching these young people grow and bust through their fears and limitations throughout the day. For many this was a dream come true and their dreams became a reality. It reminded me and inspired me to keep on dreaming and breaking through my own self imposed limitations to continue living my dreams every day.

My spirit felt full leaving, knowing that we truly are in good hands with today's youth. I was also reminded that anything is possible and if we follow our dreams and keep on reaching for them, indeed they really can come true. If you ever feel afraid of going for it or find yourself stuck, go spend a day with young people and be reminded of all that is possible. Go for it - live your dreams and believe!

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