By Angie Bado, TSB Staff
I’m inspired! I feel renewed hope. Where did these feelings come from? I haven’t been to a conference where the keynote speaker was an Olympic medalist, a professional football player, or a motivational speaker the likes of Dr. Stephen Covey. Nor have I been listening to Dave Ramsey on the radio, or watching Dr. Oz on TV. Nope. Not even close.
In fact, my recent inspiration has come from my association with teens and young adults – Generation Y to be exact – who answer to Quinn, Mike, Shelby, Megan, Christine, Dan, McKenzie, Alex, Brad and Sarah. I work with some of them and some are the children of friends. They aren’t pro athletes or the celebrities that the masses endlessly tweet about. They live right here in McKinney and they are writers, photographers, computer gurus, skateboarders, cheerleaders, social workers, engineers, singers, actors and most of all, in my opinion, solid hope for the future.
I’m inspired by their enthusiasm, their energy, their viewpoints and their ideas. I’m inspired by their abilities, their talents and by their desire to do a job well.
I’ve often been caught up in the discussions about “today’s kids”. You know the ones – today’s kids are disrespectful, today’s kids are spoiled, kids today are all about instant gratification. That’s probably true in some cases, but I’d be willing to bet that most of us can name someone we knew “back in the day” who could have been defined by the same adjectives. I’m just saying.
When the young people I work with have been given an assignment and a deadline, I’ve been blown away by the commitment, the desire to learn, as well as the interest and energy they have all displayed. They have brought new ideas up for discussion and aren’t afraid to share their thoughts and suggestions. Each of them brings their own set of gifts and abilities to the table.
The plan for this week’s column was to write more about the city’s sustainability plan and, yes, that will come, however, I just could’t shake the subject that has been on my mind as of late. With all the discussion about the word sustainability, it occurred to me that sustainability of the next generation – those who will to be driving the economy, making monumental decisions for our country and for our community was a topic that I felt compelled to address.
These young people are our sustainable future. They will be leaders, innovators and stewards of the environment in McKinney and in points beyond. I hope we mentor them, sharing what we have learned through our own mistakes and successes. From what I’ve experienced, they are willing to learn.
My own three children, who are now young adults, are not afraid to share their opinions. We may not always agree, but we respect each other’s opinions. I’m proud to say that each of them, in his or her own way, is taking on roles of leadership and striving to make a difference in the lives of others.
I’m convinced that despite the fact that they may not write thank you notes or they may text more than talk to each other, we’ll be in good hands. I’m just saying.
“In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out, It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.” — Albert Schweitzer
Angie Bado is president and founder of TownSquareBuzz.com Watch for her Angie’s Insights column weekly.