Shaping Young India
When we talk about nation building and the development of communities, one of the fundamental focuses of any institution is the sum total of rich and capable human resource. It is no lie that the demography of a certain place decides how the next few decades are shaped and modelled. In India, the rising youth population gives a gleaming ray of hope. The youngest workforce thrives in India and with 65 percent of the population aged under 35, the economy can only look upwards and the society can only think beyond the conventional. By 2022, India will have a median age of 28 which makes the youth an important part of the institution and a prime force to bring a change in this world.
But in the wake of several global issues, are we equipped to build a young workforce which is ready to face the challenges and steer the society towards the betterment of the world?
The young India is ambitious and resilient. They are informed and hence show greater autonomy when it comes to making decisions. The young India is curious and they want to up-skill in opportunities in ways more than one. Most importantly, today’s young India, wants to make an impact and empower others to grow and lead. But at the same time, they face various deadlocks blocking their ambitions and their purpose of being.
So, what really does the Youth of India seek?
The entirety of the young populace, through whatever means, want to find their purpose. When you find out what it is that you want to achieve, you basically go on to understand the world, its people and the society as a whole. This understanding is nothing but your first step towards bringing a change. A change, striving towards Peace and Fulfilment of Humankind’s potential. And this understanding and change comes through cross cultural experiences wherein you understand the dynamics of diverse perspectives and are better prepared to lead and empower others to grow. These experiences throw you out of your comfort zones, defying you with the toughest moments but also preparing you to activate your leadership skills in the challenging environments ahead.
Sometimes you are not able to judge your own abilities, your personality or your responsiveness to a certain situation until you are working with various individuals. The people you interact with help you grow, become self-aware and unleash the best version of yourself. The virtue of being self-aware and solution oriented is what makes an informed leader. A leader who brings out the best within every individual around him.
Do I have what it takes to become a leader?
It would be safe to say that leaders are not born but made. Anyone and everyone can become a leader. Today, the youth contributes to form 16% of the world population. A number this great is only a kind reminder of the potential that is waiting to be unleashed and waiting to be nurtured. Notable leaders are an example that the skillset required for leadership is not something you are born with but is something you acquire with practice and tons of dynamic experience. If a handful of leaders can bring an impact, imagine what India’s youngest workforce is capable of!
Are you introspecting your steps towards a change?
The onus to bring a change lies in the hands of this generation. A generation whose every decision is an action, every privilege is a responsibility and every idea, an innovation. So, on this International Youth Day, we ask you to find your purpose, we ask you to believe in yourself, we ask you to become a leader, we ask you to introspect. We ask you to take the first step towards a change.
“Energy conservation is energy independence” – Tom Allen
This simple quote sums up the immediate need and importance of energy conservation, in the 21st century. Why? Most of us know the answers. But let me tell you again.
Up to 90 per cent of the world’s oil reserves will be depleted in the next two generations. If we do not start thinking of and implementing alternate sources of energy efficiently the world will face an energy crisis.
And it’s said that this upcoming crisis will cause a shift in global political power – the power shift that happens from nations controlling international currencies to nations with commodities such as oil, uranium, and gold.
No matter what the political or economic changes may be, we will face the biggest environmental crises due to the rising carbon oxide and carbon monoxide emissions. All thanks to our relentless and endless use of finite fossil fuel resources.
But we can always start changing our habits, and hope that there’s still time to bring some good impact.
This World Energy Conservation Day, let’s adopt some basic but effective policies that can help us delay this energy crisis!
1. Adjust your day to day behaviours
When individual efforts combine to make a huge change, every little step goes a long way, especially in the case of energy conservation.
Turning off lights and fans when you do not need them not only reduces your electricity bill, but also conserves important energy and reduces the overall need for energy. It is a ripple effect: one house, one district, one city.
We all know how small changes in our behaviour can bring a big impact.
Simple acts such as turning down the heat on our thermostat in winters and using air conditioners for a lesser period of time in the summers can be our important contribution to a better and more sustainable future.
Can you imagine how it all adds up to create a huge, quantifiable impact? 🙂
2. Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
This is a very basic but highly effective method to tackle the energy crisis.
Reduce the amount of waste you produce by buying minimally packaged goods or making use of reusable packaging, and recycling them the next time you go shopping. This can significantly decrease the energy used in making and disposing these products.
Did you know that for every half a kilogram of waste you decrease, you save energy and reduce emissions of CO2 by almost 1 pound?!
Using and encouraging the use of products made with recycled elements, instead of non-renewable scratch materials, uses 30-55% less for paper products, 33% less for glass and a whopping 90% less for aluminium!
How is that for positive change with minimum efforts?
3. Adopt energy efficient appliance practices
Whereas, our traditional light bulbs are incandescent and consume an excessive amount of electricity. Let’s replace them today!
The practices we can adopt are endless, however it always starts with the most basic level: yourself.
Talking isn’t trying Instead of preaching, it is time for us to put these practices in use and start taking these measures seriously and encourage those around to do the same.
Afterall, it is rightly said – there is too much energy conversation instead of energy conservation. It’s time to walk the talk and do our bit!
If you want to take a step further and contribute a bit more, here are “5 Creative Ways of Sustainable Living”!
Malawika is a Mass Communication student from Delhi. She is an astrophile, passionate about Stephen Hawking and Carl Sagan, and loves to listen to the Arctic Monkeys, her favorite band. Find her at her happiest while exploring new cities and justifying her love for the color orange!
“And suddenly you know… it’s time to start something new and trust the magic of new beginnings.”
2018 has been a roller coaster with multiple 360-degree loops and 90-degree drops. Don’t worry, this ride is almost over, and 2019 will be a whole new one.
You’re changing. You’ve become a different person from what you used to be and you’re growing more mature, wise and beautiful. Please remember that even when things are hard, it’s always for the better. Look at how far you’ve come, you should be proud of yourself.
You have new goals for yourself now, goals that you set to make yourself happy. You no longer feel the need to do something to meet another’s standards because there is no one more important to please than yourself.
Your anxiety has minimized, your smiles are wider and above all, you laugh more often. You can meet your own reflection without the need to hide.
Congratulations, you survived another year! Here are some things to keep in mind for the year to come:
1. Start with being really honest with yourself.
The only way to change something is to first acknowledge it. To look at the situation exactly as it is but not over-contemplating it. Look at your fears, limitations, and obstacles right in the eye.
What’s working and what isn’t? What do you want to do that scares the crap out of you? Give yourself credit for what’s working and then find ways to change what isn’t in 2019.
As they say, the truth will set you free. But before, it might hurt or piss you off. Allow the same.
2. Experience is the best teacher, so learn something new every day.
“Obstacles do not block the path, they are the path.”
The first time I heard this Zen Proverb, I didn’t get it. How could obstacles be the path? This idea of obstacles- of not blocking the way but actually being the way- sounded like an alien language to me.
But, here’s what I discovered: desires are powerful. Life is always guiding us towards what we want, but in that process, fears and failures will surface so that they can be seen and healed.
It’s okay if you’re scared of the future and you often fail at trying new things. Breathe, and remember that you are a work-in-progress. Don’t be embarrassed. Be empowered by the fact that you tried and that you are managing to grow!
Be a sponge, and take in as much as you can. Hold the mistakes and the successes close to your heart, and don’t be afraid of the people who have shaped you differently.
3. Embrace vulnerability.
Vulnerability is scary. Yet, it’s the gateway to growth, change, and connection. It’s the last thing we want to practice, but the first thing we look for in others. We cannot shut out pain, shame, and disappointment by blocking love, growth, and connection.
So, have the courage allow your deepest and most fragile parts to be seen. Allow your heart to crack right open and something beautiful will happen: you’ll be able to transform difficult feelings into love, strength, and compassion.
Few months back, I met a girl in an open space at a conference. It was the second time we met, yet I felt the urge to suddenly share the fear I had at the time of not being enough and other things I was scared of.
Apparently, she was experiencing similar sentiments. I felt relieved, empowered and more connected to her after the conversation.
4. Continue to grow
The most important lesson I’ve learned this year is that unmatchable growth happens when we are ready to face discomfort. I have voluntarily taken up so many roles, changes, scenarios that scared me but through them, I conquered my fears and allowed myself to truly grow!
Start small. Identify your fear. Let it into your life, just a fraction of it. Allow it to sit there awkwardly and watch as the person you think you are-sniffs it out, backs away, circles it warily.
Go slowly. Allow yourself to feel intense discomfort, as well as the pleasure personal growth. Approach obstacles with an attitude of personal development, not as failures.
Try a language course online. Search out a volunteer position that’s similar to your desired career. Practice writing, reading or anything that will lead you closer to your goals. Celebrate small victories with a divine piece of chocolate. 😉
And then, plan your next move knowing you’ll take care of yourself every step of the way.
It won’t be easy, but it’ll be worth it.
You’ll grow out of all the things you are going through.
In the process, get some sleep. Take care of yourself. Do yoga. Read every book you can get your hands on. Listen to your favorite music. But most importantly, don’t ever give up.
Let us know in the comments sections below what promises you are making to yourself at the end of the year and how you intend to keep them in 2019.
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Studying bachelor’s in biotechnology, Aayushi is a really passionate person, who loves to read and travel. She believes people, places, and stories have the power to change anyone and help them understand the purpose of life.
Volunteering is not just about bringing a positive change in the world but also an amazing means to facilitate your own personal development. Moreover, the supreme influence it might bring to your CV and professional life cannot be ruled out. Combine it with a splendid destination and you are ready to have the best time of your life.
If you desire to experience Southeast Asia’s most welcoming hospitality which not only offers you a mesmerising scenery and pristine temples but also geological wonders and mouth-watering food; then Vietnam is the place for you. From trying snake wine, the ultimate exotic drink here, to swimming, hiking, and picnicking at the Elephant Spring’s natural pools to spending an evening at Bia Hoi Junction, the city’s busiest nightlife, this country has it all.
Vietnam claims right to innumerable breath-taking natural backdrops along with the countless challenges it may put forward due to human inhabitance. The inspiring memory of contemplating over the eccentric panorama of limestone islands to gushing through a tsunami of motorbikes, this place won’t disappoint you. The rural adventures might lend you an amusing sight of honking pigs weave a wobbly route along a country lane whereas a solitary grave in a cemetery of thousands of war victims might persuade you to obtain a thoughtful insight into the country’s past.
History & Culture
For a nation that rose from colonialism and the atrocities of wars, Vietnam’s culture is extremely complex but, yet the story of its past makes a good one for a box office thriller. The Chinese and Hindu influences in the ancient temples to the glorious skylines defined by clusters of glass-and-steel corporate HQs, elucidate its journey on the road to prosperity. Meanwhile, the people here would leave no stone unturned to make you feel that this place is no less than your home.
Undertaking a volunteering expedition here would not only give you a chance to witness everything that a usual tourist might do but at the same time, work towards the underlying issues that the Vietnamese deal with every day. The country is still battling with poverty, gender issues, and the aftereffects of war and it significantly needs coordinated efforts of great volunteers to rise from these predicaments that are holding it back.
Be an Enabler to its Growth
The nation has made great strides of progress in terms of economic growth and reducing poverty. However, the effect of this accelerated development hasn’t been able to trickle down to the grassroot level of the society. Working here for such disadvantaged sections of the society will empower you to act as the medium to bring about a change for these people.
Reduce the Social Disparities
Working on projects that are focussed towards plummeting the gender biases or refining the quality of education the Vietnamese children receive, would enable the next generation of the nation to emerge as a force of changemakers that would drive it towards prosperity. All it needs is a few good volunteers who are willing to drive this transformation in the stage of its infancy.
Visiting Vietnam will certainly push you beyond your comfort zone where you would be able to savour a wholesome experience of enjoying new and interesting things. From the countless experiences that you would live in here, being an enabler to a nation’s growth would surpass anything that you might have accomplished before.
Sign up as a Global Volunteer today!