Let’s talk about the good

Monserrat Leon having a celebratory lunch after a great soccer game. Photographed by Carina Lopez.

By Carina Lopez ’20

New year. Fresh start. The truth is that 2017 has long since left us. Last year was quite a rough one, with the US experiencing multiple mass shootings, hurricanes, acts of terrorism, and other truly horrendous tragedies; however, we are barely four months into 2018, and the US has already experienced 17 mass shootings in schools, Syria in a Civil war, Russia, Britain, and the US are in some kind of standoff involving Syria, and many other crazy things. All of this within a time period of four months.

Turning on the news to see a tragedy is normal at this point and honestly, it is sad how accustomed our country has become to this. Seeing children your own age, even younger, shot at a place where they are supposed to feel safe. You can’t help but wonder if the world has gone to garbage.

That is why this is an article focusing solely on the good. We need to come together during times like these and hope it gets better. So let’s try and look at the good shall we, even if it’s just for a moment.

Pandas are no longer endangered!…nothing else needs to be said. The oldest man has just turned 112 years old! Let’s hear the good news that students have to share, shall we?

Arianna Valentin, a sophomore, shared, “I was able to get into SOL which is something amazing. Another thing is getting to visit colleges because for me I don’t know much [about] my future, what I want to do, or where to go [to] college. So to see some colleges is very helpful.”

Monserrat Leon, a sophomore, expressed her joy after making “-the soccer team and welcoming her cute baby sister.”

Random positive facts time!

Penguins propose to their partners by giving them a pebble. There are people who dress up as superheroes to cheer up sick kids in hospitals! Someone out there is having an awesome day, maybe even yourself!

Random good things happening around the world.

The World Cup 2018 is not that far away. Incredibles two is not that far away from debuting in theaters making all our inner child squeal with joy. Deaths related to cancer have dropped by 26% as of 2015! One billion trees are maybe going to be planted in a province in Pakistan.

While in the end, it seems as if the world is falling to pieces we need to stay positive and be stronger than ever. As Parkland survivors have shown, we need to fight for what we believe in. We need to make this year a good one and hope and take actions so that new tragedies don’t occur. As Nelson Mandela said, “We can change the world and make it a better place. It is in your hands to make a difference.”