It does not take a rocket scientist to see that our world is crumbling.

It does not take a rocket scientist to see that our world is crumbling.

Hate is being met with violence, instead of love.

Opinions are being met with rude comments, instead of understanding.

Politics and personal agendas are overshadowing the world’s injustices, leaving millions suffering.

What’s truly amazing, though, is all of the good being done to combat the chaos that has become the norm in our society. What’s even more amazing, however, is the power that millennials have to truly make a change in the state and future of our world.

As a millennial, do you feel stuck? Is the state of the world getting you down? Are you desperately trying to figure out how to navigate these tumultuous times? Check out the below tips to learn how important it is to be engaged with the happenings of our world.

1. Educate Yourself

Everyone absorbs information differently. I don’t care how you get it, but it’s important that you do. It is impossible to work to change the world if you don’t read up on current events.

It honestly scares me when I hear people say they haven’t heard about a particular news story. I start each morning with theSkimm, an online newsletter that provides its readers with the must-know news. Each newsletter includes links that provide further information. As someone who is always on the go, theSkimm is a great way for me to stay plugged into the world while not getting bogged down.

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2. Form And Share Your Opinions

How can we learn and grow if we don’t share? Although it may seem intimidating, it is actually extremely beneficial to put your thoughts out into the world.

It’s no secret that people’s opinions are saturating the Internet and while some may find this annoying, I find it liberating and humbling. How cool is it that we live in a region of the world where we are allowed to cultivate our own beliefs and share them freely? I know that, at times, I forget how special it is that we have this luxury.

There is a difference, however, in sharing your opinion and expressing disdain, and sometimes outright hate, to another for theirs. Spread kindness, even especially online.

3. Be Open To Others’ Opinions

There is no getting around the fact that there will be people in this life that we disagree with, and who disagree with us. We can’t please everyone, or be liked by everyone all of the time – it’s impossible.

However, we can all make the intentional decision to open our minds and hearts to those who have different opinions than us. Something that may seem ridiculous to me, may be someone’s belief system. It’s not right to shut someone down. A more appropriate way to address differences with another is to try and see where they are coming from, and realize that it’s not about trying to convert one another. It’s about understanding, respect, and ultimately embracing the truth that it’s life-giving to live in community with those we disagree with.

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4. Follow Your Passion

We can’t be fully invested in every issue that impacts the world. If we were, self-care would not exist and we would not truly care about the particular issues. They say that it is better to do one thing well than many things with little to no conviction, and I agree.

My heart lies with the mental health field. That doesn’t mean that I don’t care about other social justice movements, though. What it does mean, however, is that I don’t pretend that I am an expert on a wide range of issues, because I’m not. I try and learn as much as I can, but I ask questions when necessary. I don’t speak publicly on issues that I do not feel well-versed on. I think it is crucial to be honest about what we know and what we don’t.

Most importantly, however, stretching ourselves too thin does not serve any purpose well. Pick something and stick with it, while being mindful of other issues and how they may affect your passion.

Through learning, developing and sharing opinions, and being open to the thoughts of others, we can bridge the gaps of misunderstanding in our world. Positive change takes a lot of hard work, and it is bound to hit negative points along the way.

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I’m hopeful about the future of our world.

I think we live in an era that is filled with inspiration and eagerness to make substantial, progressive change in our world. In order to create this change though, we all need to recognize the power that we have within ourselves, the groups we identify with, and our larger communities to truly attack injustice and turn our world into a just place for all.

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