A Manifesto for Youth

Ok I will say up front that this is NOT the manifesto I was planning for this week! And also, the below breaks my rules of being original content either from myself, or someone who has gifted me with their words.

HOWEVER, I saw the words below doing the rounds on facebook and I thought they were too powerful not to share. And also, they were just very simply typed out so I thought I could dress them up a bit and make them even MORE shareable!

I also don’t like to come across as even a little┬ábit preachy or judgmental and I realise the below could be interpreted that way, but if you look through to the the underlying message I think you will agree that it applies to pretty much everyone: the world doesn’t owe us a thing, it is up to us to make something of ourselves, no matter what challenges we face along the way.

The words are credited to an unnamed judge as told by the principal of┬áNorthland College in New Zealand – John Tapene.

Comments ... oh they do make my heart sing!

  1. This is fantastic Kelly! I’ll be sharing it with my kids.

    Bren and I went to parent/teacher interviews last night. Sol’s teacher (it’s a Grade 2/3 class) was telling me about how she loves teaching the students about sustainable energy, growing food, the heritage of Indigenous Australians, healthy eating, and identifying virtues in themselves and others.

    To quote her directly, “If we’re not raising our children to improve the world for all of mankind, then why are we bothering to have children in the first place.”

    There’s a lot of selfishness in the world today, but more and more I’m seeing people push back hard against it.

    Thanks for being one of those voices.

    • Sol’s teacher sounds amazing! Is she the one who wants to get them into blogging too? I hope she has kids of her own – she would be an incredible mum!

      I love that thought about people pushing back against the selfishness in the world – you have such a lovely way with words!

  2. Hi Kelly,
    F A N T A S T I C.
    I read that too, and I like how you have put it out there.
    Was thinking about the background (coz I am soooo visual)…did you choose that to “look” like a traditional Maori type of weave …it’s not my area of expertise, but I am not a fan of brown (unless its chocolate) and then when I looked more into it, I saw that it may have its origin in from a culture where this quote has been sourced.
    or should I just try not to over think?
    Kel, I am going to use this manifesto for my Thankful Thursday post tomorrow on the blog.

    THANK you!
    Denyse x

    • LOL I didn’t choose that brown for any particular reason other than I liked the pattern and I wanted to use a different colours to the blues and teals that I tend to gravitate towards!
      And I am so pleased you will use this on your blog – it is such a magic piece of dialogue, it NEEDS to be shared!

  3. This manifesto is reminiscent of the old ‘Don’t ask what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country!’ I love the message that the world does not owe us a living – it’s up to us to use our energy and be deliberate creators on this planet. I’ve often thought what an enormous ‘work force’ of energy and vigour is lying dormant in the youth one sees hanging around at shopping malls and train stations and one imagines sitting everywhere in front of computers. My personal (and business) vision is a world in which millions are doing what they love rather than enduring their work.

    • I just love the line about ‘you owe the world your energy. time and talent”. I think they are amazing words to live by and if we all lived by those … imagine how amazing this world would be!


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