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When you ask kids vs. parents about the future, the difference is important.

If you believe the world is only getting worse, this one's for you.

When you ask kids vs. parents about the future, the difference is important.
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What does your future look like?

In the wake of recent tragedy, it's easy to feel hopeless. Sometimes, it seems as though the world is meant only for bad things to happen.

That's what it seemed when a couple of filmmakers asked a bunch of grown-ups what the future looked like to them.


All GIFs via "Ainda dá Tempo"/Vimeo.

But what does the future look like to kids?

When the filmmakers asked their kids a similar question — about what their future looks like — their visions were starkly different and full of possibility.

From creative passions...

...to making the world a better place...

...to just having a rad time.

The effect of their optimism on their parents? Inspiring!

Love the emphasis on good care. <3

Happy tears!

Heck yes you do — they are awesome!

Because really, our future is for them, isn't it?

These kids remind us why we need to make the world a better place. And there is still time!

Sometimes it just takes young voices to remind us where our priorities should be: to make the kind of globally connected and empathetic world that our kids deserve and demand.

So, what does our future really look like?

There's a lot of speculation, but there's also a lot of hope — and a lot of world leaders, organizations, celebrities, and everyday folks who are actually trying to make it happen.

You may have recently heard about the Global Goals. Back in September, nearly 200 world leaders committed to work on three broad goals that could truly make the world a better place: ending poverty, fighting inequality, and fixing climate change.

This December, the world is uniting again at COP21 in Paris to center its attention on that third goal of fixing our warming planet — a goal that actually is 100% achievable.

These may seem huge, but looking into the faces of what's at stake — this ambitious and energetic and wonderful next generation — can revitalize us to unify our voices and work together toward real change. It's happening!

Need a pick-me-up? Listen to their hopeful voices. :)

Feel the feels here:

Can you think of someone who needs this kind of encouragement? Pass it on. :)

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Nicole Abate, a Registered Medical-Surgical Nurse living in New Mexico, starts her workday around 5:00 a.m. During her 20-minute drive to work, she gets to watch the sun rise over the Sandia Mountains as she sips her coffee.

"It's one of my favorite things to do," said Nurse Abate. "A lot of us need a little calm before the storm."

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In March 2020, after a fairly quiet start to the year, Nurse Abate's unit became the official COVID unit for her hospital. "It went full force after that," she says. Abate was afraid, overwhelmed with uncertainty, never knowing what was next on the wild roller coaster in this new territory, "just when you think ...we know exactly what we're doing, boom, something else hits so you adapt… that's part of nursing too." Abate faced her responsibilities courageously and with grace, as she always does, making life a little better for patients and their families "Thank you for taking care of my father," reads one recent letter from a patient's family. "You were kind, attentive and strong and we are truly grateful."

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