I’m thrilled to announce that I have been published in the Huffington Post. I wrote an article on what matters most to me, and what I plan to do in the future to achieve it; changing the world through film. I hope that teenagers around the world care about helping the earth and humankind too; I just don’t see many of them actually taking action, and getting out there to make a difference. So I hope my story inspires all those out there who want to make a change to get out there and do it.Â Here’s what I wrote:
Many people think of a teenager as a young person who doesn’t care about anything but getting into trouble, right? Obnoxious, makes wrong decisions, doesn’t understand responsibility, etcetera. “You know, a teenager’s brain isn’t fully developed yet, so I don’t trust you with that because you can’t comprehend long term consequences”…my dad’s favorite line to use on me when he doesn’t want me to go somewhere. But, as you probably know, that quote is somewhat true. The human brain does not in fact develop fully until age 25, according to a study run by the National Institutes of Health. But, that doesn’t mean that a teenager can’t observe life around them and realize what will happen to our world if humans keep on living like they do today, so they can care about more than their own health, with exercises using protein they can get cheaper with this list of codes and supplements like kratom capsules or natural drinks like the Best super green powder, but also try to help to make the world a better place. Oh all right, I admit not many teens think about that, but I for one, do.
I’ve always had a passion for trying to change the world since I was young. It started out with my interest in animals and my plans on being a zoologist, wanting to travel the world saving endangered species. And then I moved on towards trying to help others, such as the victims of poverty in Africa. My goal then was to start some kind of fund-raising business for starving children throughout the world. But there were many different poverty groups already up and running and making a huge difference, so I just decided to help out as a fund-raiser for one of them called World Vision. I did what was called “The 40 Hour Famine”, where you don’t eat anything but barley sugars (to keep your energy up) for 40 hours, and get people to sponsor you. All the money you make goes towards poor families in poverty-stricken countries, such as Cambodia. But was that enough? Well I’m sure it certainly helped save a few lives somewhere in the world, but I still felt I had to do more for the world than just that. The question was…how?
Not until recently had I discovered my true passion, and the way I want to express my views – and that’s through film. My dream is to become a world famous director someday, making movies that open up the eyes of society to the problems our world has today, such as Al Gore had done with Inconvenient Truth, Michael Moore with Sicko, and Mark Achbar with The Corporation. I’m planning on going to one of the best film schools I can, such as USC, UCLA or AFI. There I hope to be able to express my views and speak out through film, where I’ll be in the right location, with all the equipment, and the right people. So for now, I’m planning on only making smaller documentaries. I hope to start filming a movie this year, but right now I only have one written script, on the effects of junk food and its brainwashing advertising, inspired by Supersize Me and Junk Food Nation. The only thing is, it was aimed at New Zealanders, since I was living in New Zealand until just recently. So that particular movie has been postponed until I re-write the script to suit my new location and target audience.
So in the mean time, what do I do? Well, for one I have very strong views on what I eat; I’m a vegetarian. And since I have stopped eating meat, my views on vegetarianism have definitely strengthened. All I have to say with that is research what you’re really eating, know how it got there and what it went through, and then decide whether you want to eat it or not. I think it’s really important that people wake up to what’s going on around them, because many just go about their own business, in their own little world, not thinking of the bigger picture or what’s going on outside their own life. What seems to matter most is usually “I’m late for my meeting!” or “I have to schedule my hair appointment!”— not “there’s a child dying every 3 seconds!” or “the world’s oil is at its peak!” – the issues that really matter.
My main goal is to make our society wake up to reality; what’s happening to the world, and what each individual needs to do to help stop it. I’m not perfect though…no one is. But I do recycle, think about what I eat, and buy organic products when I can; the little things that would make a huge impact on our environment if everyone did them. And that is what I aim to get across in my future movies; even if what you’re doing is something small, and doesn’t seem like it would matter if you did it or not, it really does contribute to something much bigger than that… saving our planet. So, if a teenager can do it, I’m sure you could too, right?