I have been a reporter for the Carroll News for one year now, and as this is the last issue of the year, I wanted to take some time to do something that John Carroll loves to do: reflect.
The first article I wrote for the Carroll News was about Michael Brown and Ferguson, which was before many people even knew what was happening there. I would go on to write about the Ebola crisis, many stories about the Islamic State and finally, in this issue, a story about the deadly earthquake in Nepal.
I have written stories about absolute tragedies. In almost every one of the stories that I have written, someone has been hurt or has died.
And while this past school year has been ripe with stories like these, we cannot dwell on them. Yes, it is important to know what is happening in the world and that knowledge is not usually pretty, but we also need to pay attention to the little things that happen that restore our faith in humanity.
When Malala Yousafzai was shot in an assassination attempt by al-Qaida, she did not let that stop her mission. She continued to persevere and fight for the right of girls everywhere to receive an education. On Oct. 10, 2014, she became the youngest person ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
One year ago, most people would only know the name “Emma Watson” in regard to the Harry Potter franchise. However, on Sept. 20, 2014, she gave an impassioned speech at the United Nations advocating for women’s rights, bringing feminist issues to the world stage.
Finally, in something that sounds like it is out of storybook, James Costello, who was severely injured in the Boston Marathon Bombing, got engaged last year to a nurse he met, Krista D’Agostino, while in treatment at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. Even in the darkest of times, there always is a glimmer of light.
Yes, terrible things happened this year. And yes, it is important that we always know of such things in order to figure out ways to make sure that they never happen again. But so much good happened in times of so much bad. Malala was shot in the head, but she did not give up. Emma lived in world that she didn’t like, so she worked to change it. James suffered severe burns in a horrible terrorist attack, but without it, he might not have met the love of his life.
We need to take the good with all the bad, but we also need to look for glimmers of hope in otherwise dark times. Bad people are never going to stop doing bad things, and bad things are always going to happen to good people. However, there will still be the Malalas, Emmas and James’ of the world to inspire us and make us better people.
So I encourage all of you to look past the gruesome front page and reports on the 11 o’clock news and try to read something happy and inspirational every day. Not only will it make you happier, but it will also show that the world isn’t as horrible as you might think.
Good luck on finals, have an absolutely fantastic summer doing whatever makes you happy and always notice the light in the darkness.