Right now I’m in New York City, and I was just in Vermont- it was so beautiful! The snow was just melting and the weather was lovely. I’ve had lots of exciting things happen recently, including winning my county science fair, getting chosen to compete in the Intel international fair, being accepted to and revisiting two schools, and eventually ending up in NYC where I am now to attend the Three Dot Dash annual Just Peace Summit as a Global Teen Leader (GTL). I had a few days to explore here before the summit, which we spent walking, eating, people watching, and doing photography.
To prepare for the summit, all the GTLs were instructed to read Just Peace by Mattie JT Stepanek. Mattie was an incredible boy and peacemaker. I’ve been inspired by his simple but strong message of peace and powerful way with words. Reading the collection his poetry, essays and emails has made me reconsider how I approach the world. In the midst of an exciting time and in the middle of a big city, I’m finding that inner peace is essential. Unlike in Vermont or rural California where I can find respite in the woods, now I need to find peace inside myself.
I’m so excited for this week of meeting the other Global Teen Leaders, hearing about their projects, and expanding my own!