As I sit here today questioning the kind of world I want my children to grow up in, and ultimately the kind of world I would like my grandchildren to inherit, there for me is one thing that is more important than anything else. I want them to live in a world where kindness matters.
I want my children to grow up in a world which accepts difference, encourages tolerance and promotes belonging.
I don’t want them to live in a world full of fear, violence or hate.
I want my children to welcome their friends but also to welcome strangers. I want them to treat others as they would like to be treated.
I don’t want them to walk down the street fearful that they will be persecuted for their views, whatever those views may end up being.
I want my children to be free to be religious, or not to be religious, I want them to be free to get married or not to get married, I want them to be free to choose the kind of life they want to lead.
I don’t want them to ever have to hide who they truly are.
I want them to be equal, to have rights, to be able to speak freely no matter who they are or who they choose to be.
I don’t want them ever to be in a position where who they are is dictated by someone else.
I want my children to be able to love who they want to love, travel where they want to travel, make friends without preconceptions.
I don’t want them to live in a world where the media tells us who is good and who is not, where their decisions are made for them before they are old enough to form an opinion.
I want my children to be people who care about others. I want them to be surrounded by people who care about others. I want them to live in a world that cares about others.
I’m sure you want the same thing too. So really we’re not that different me and you x