Anytime I’m at the crossroads of life, I pray that I, or anyone else in the same position, will keep you in mind, and try to shape a world that’s the best possible for you.

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To the People in my Future Life,

Today, writing this, I am one month into my freshman year at college. In 2019, the world has come to a point where we all know how desperately we need to take action against the changing world around us. However, despite this we still have political figures refusing to do anything about it, or feeling any need to put pressure on businesses to stop what can only be described as a global crisis. 

As I sit here, at the start of my life, having only just left the guidance of my hometown and being told exactly what my next steps should be, I am realizing just how carefully I have to move forward with my life. Up until now, the best way to help society was always painted as getting through high school and developing yourself in a field of study in college. However, I am now on my own, with true morals in question as to how to develop a career, and a life. The most desired field of engineering right now is chemical engineering, with plenty of perks to help pull more into the field. However the companies who desire these engineers are also the ones disregarding the health of our planet just to push a profit. I am going into a complicated field, and teaching myself in the ways of an engineer; but I truly hope I don’t do so while losing the value I hold toward our world, and our future.  

I can’t promise I will be the one to turn the world around, but just thinking of a ruined future that I did nothing to stop, I feel obligated to never sit complacently. If I am doing anything I will try to remember how I will be shaping the future you have to live in. Anytime I’m at the crossroads of life, I pray that I, or anyone else in the same position, will keep you in mind, and try to shape a world that’s the best possible for you. I also I hope I don’t loose the passions of my younger, more inspired, heart: The desire to see the world, the desire to make the lives of everyone who knows me better, and my passion for the world.

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