I love meeting new people. Since the pandemic began, I’ve met more, younger ones than usual. Perhaps it’s because the older folks are sheltering indoors. It might also be that our youth are reaching out more. Such was the case with the smiling fellow above.
I ran into Josh in the parking lot of the gas station. He was doing circles on his Onewheel; a cool contraption like a motorized skateboard that moves with your balance. He is riding it from Florida to California, “Because I love America and really wanted to see it up close.” If only his enthusiasm and affection for our country would rub off on the disgruntled among us, particularly those who spread their foment and feces through the halls of the Capitol last week.
At 25, Josh has heart, imagination, gumption, and purpose but he is certainly not alone. Who can forget Malala Yousafzai, 22, the young girl shot in the head by the Taliban as she rode her bus to school seven years ago? She single-handedly shone the spotlight on the dearth of education for women in poor countries. The activist and author is also the youngest to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.
These kids from Gen Y are hitting it out of the park. Their passion for life as well as their compassion for their fellow humans is beyond measure. They are not asking what their country can do for them. They are showing what they can do, in their own, unique ways. I cannot WAIT until they’re in power! In a sense, they already are.
I also had the good fortune to cross paths with another interesting fellow whom you should know about. James Kanoff, 22, a Stanford student, started Farm Link with a group of like-minded peers during the pandemic. They help distribute excess produce from farms into the mouths of the hungry. Check them out and see if you can be part of Generation (wh)Y Not, too. If you’re lucky, you just might meet someone new!