Sorry for the lack of posts in the past couple of days. I participate in Model United Nations at my high school. At our meeting yesterday, after discussing Vladimir Putin’s letter to the New York Times (old news, I know), we switched gears. The debate coach from the nearby University has been volunteering to help us out with a poetry contest and another contest called Voices for Democracy. The latter is what he focused on yesterday. This contest involves writing and recording a speech about a given topic. This year, the prompt is, “Why I’m optimistic about our nation’s future.” Naturally, I was a bit taken aback upon hearing this, dismissing it as an impossible prompt. But as we discussed the topic in depth during our meeting, I began to see that there are reasons staring us in the face about why we shouldn’t believe that our country is doomed to collapse. If you flip through the pages of history, you will see that our country has seen many hardships, such as the Great Depression, the Civil War, and many others. What you will also see is that even after the greatest American tragedies, the country has always risen from the ashes, strengthened by its misfortune. Why is this? I cannot say that I can pinpoint one among so many reasons for this. Now, this definitely does not mean that we can sit back and do nothing (I’m looking at you, congress). My point in this is that we are determined. We will find a way out of the turmoil our nation sees. We always have, and I now believe that we always will. It is so easy to be pessimistic about the future of America. This, however, is a bad thing. Pessimism makes the worst situations worse. Optimism increases our willingness to do something about the issues that face us today. This is why, as citizens, we need to take a step back and see that all is not lost. Like a great phoenix, America will yet again emerge from the flames, reborn.