120 Reasons to Have Hope

Wellness

The world is a gloomy place right now. Everywhere we look, there is sadness tracing our smiles, and everything just seems tinted with gray. School has moved online, and it's just not the same. There're assignments piling up in our inbox while we binge Netflix shows and binge eat.

Productivity is just difficult to achieve and it's so much easier to just lie on the couch. The worst part? Everything seems to have lost meaning. What's the point? Nothing seems to matter anymore. Not grades, not education, not diet, not health, and not mental space. But this is where we get our act together because all of those things are extremely important, and they matter a lot.

It just seems hopeless? Well, nothing is ever hopeless. There are always reasons to have hope. Always. And if you look hard enough you can find one everywhere, every single day. I made it a mission to find reasons to have hope; I'd look for this hope in the dew on grass blades and at the bottom of a tub of ice-cream. Initially it was not easy, in fact it was tough to find even five reasons. But as I continued, I just found more reasons and it got even easier to find reasons. I documented this journey of hope and here it is presented to you today.

At first, I thought I would find 10 reasons that we should all have hope. But then the list grew longer. I found hope in small things and in big things and the list ended up reaching this point. At the end of all this, I want you to know that no matter what happens, how bad things can get, there is always hope. You should have hope because:

  1. You are alive. I cannot stress this enough. You are here, you are here today and you are here right now. You are a living being in a beautiful body with complex thoughts and opinions and you are alive.
  2. You are loved. People in your life love you very much.
  3. You have family that loves you. We are all mostly fortunate enough to have parents who love us, siblings, cousins, uncles, aunts who may or may not show affection.
  4. You have people who mean family. They may not be blood, but they are like family.
  5. You deserve to have hope
  6. You found a song that sings with your soul
  7. You did something good today
  8. Someone did something good to you today
  9. You are planning on doing something good
  10. You did something good in the past and made memories
  11. You smiled at someone today
  12. Someone smiled at you today
  13. You remembered a memory from your childhood
  14. You made a memory that will last
  15. You have many days ahead full of new opportunities
  16. You have new chances everyday
  17. You have the power to make a difference
  18. You stand for what you believe in
  19. You impacted someone's life and you don't even know it
  20. You matter hugely and deeply.
  21. You are brave
  22. Dolphins can make noises that will melt your heart.
  23. There are people who love your hopeful face.
  24. There are people who would cherish your smile.
  25. Ladybugs exist and they are the most adorable creations.
  26. Puppy videos on YouTube.
  27. The climate is getting better
  28. The population of endangered species is rising
  29. The honeybee population is recovering
  30. The world is committed to fighting any crisis
  31. We have the technology to go carbon free
  32. Technology is advancing everyday
  33. The internet exists.
  34. YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat or whatever your favourite app is exists
  35. You have access to the internet which means you have access to infinite resources
  36. You can make a change
  37. You have interesting and unique hobbies
  38. You can work on things you are interested in
  39. You can create something beautiful
  40. You can talk about your interests to people who are also interested
  41. You can bond over common interests and learn new things
  42. You can learn a new skill
  43. You can pick up a new hobby
  44. You can spread awareness about something you believe in
  45. You can help bring a change
  46. You can help protect the world
  47. You have amazing dreams and goals
  48. You have achieved some of these goals
  49. You are going to achieve the other goals in the future
  50. You have far-reaching dreams that you will make a reality
  51. Your significant other would want you to be happy
  52. There are beautiful experiences in life like:
  53. Waking up to someone you love
  54. Waking up earlier than anyone else
  55. Watching the sunrise with someone
  56. Watching the sunrise all by yourself
  57. Drinking warm coffee in the early morning
  58. Or maybe drinking hot tea or whatever beverage you love
  59. The absolute silence in the morning only interrupted with nature and the occasional vehicle
  60. The cool morning air
  61. The fresh breeze in your hair and the smell of dawn
  62. Waking up after everyone else has awoken on a lazy day
  63. Sleeping in bed in the afternoon
  64. Naps during the evening
  65. Naps when you feel tired
  66. Naps when you're not tired but you're bored
  67. Falling asleep while watching television
  68. Falling asleep next to someone you love
  69. Falling asleep on someone you love
  70. Falling asleep.
  71. Sunshine
  72. Hugs
  73. Cuddles
  74. Puppies
  75. Kittens and baby cheetahs
  76. Videos of babies learning how to speak
  77. Videos of you as a baby
  78. Videos of your sibling as a baby
  79. Pictures of your childhood
  80. Pictures of your family
  81. Learning family history
  82. Understanding your culture
  83. Adopting a new tradition
  84. Reading history that excites you
  85. Reading anything that excites you
  86. Finding an amazing book
  87. Reading an amazing book
  88. Journaling
  89. Blogging
  90. Sharing an amazing book
  91. Eating your favourite food
  92. Surprising someone with their favourite food
  93. Surprising someone with kind words
  94. Surprising someone with a kind gesture
  95. Cooking something you've never tried and it turns out amazing
  96. The taste of the food you loved when you were a kid.
  97. Watching something you used to watch as a kid
  98. Watching the sunset
  99. Having a picnic
  100. Wearing a sweater in cold weather
  101. Drinking hot water
  102. Staying up all night
  103. Spending hours talking to someone and not notice the hours go by
  104. Enjoying someone's company
  105. Enjoying your own company
  106. Loving someone
  107. Loving yourself
  108. Understanding something quicker than other people
  109. The sound of someone's laughter at your joke
  110. Eating junk food at midnight
  111. Eating healthy food and being mindful
  112. Exercising and feeling healthy
  113. Sleeping in and loving yourself for who you are
  114. Feeling sunshine on your skin
  115. Feeling nostalgia
  116. Feeling serendipity
  117. Feeling sadness, because if you can't feel sad you can't ever feel happy
  118. Feeling joy
  119. Feeling loved
  120. You should have hope because: You are alive
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Nikhita Makam

Nikhita Makam is a high school student by day and programming poet by night. She is author of "14 works by a 14 year old" and a writer for The Teen Magazine. Nikhita spends her time writing, reading, watching dog videos, gardening and battling the common enemy to all high school students: homework.


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