Just one day. I would like to go just one day without something terrible happening in this world.

My mind cannot process why there is crime, violence and terrorism occurring every single day. Why are these even actions that we as humans take part in? Murder, rape, torture — these are not terms that we should be using in our vocabulary.

We are living in a world where people are dying of hunger. Where people fear for their lives because of what is seen on TV and in the news. Where animals are being abused and euthanized. According to the American Humane Association, 56 percent of dogs and 71 percent of cats that enter animal shelters are euthanized because they are sent with no owner identification. Why is this an acceptable solution?

I am sitting here at my computer, privileged to have a roof above my head, food in my system and clothes on my body. There is no reason for me, in a free country, to be afraid, right?

Although issues around the world may not be affecting me directly, I am still impacted emotionally.

Chills are sent up my spine at the fact that there are people who find pleasure in killing innocent civilians. People are being kidnapped and taken hostage, to then get beheaded for the world to see. Some are waking up in fear for what the next day will bring.

"ISIS kidnaps 20 foreign workers," "Granddad tied up, beaten, doused in bleach before death," "Florida Woman Arrested for Allegedly Drowning 2-Week-Old Puppy in Airport Toilet."

These headlines from various sources are nothing to smile about. What kind of world is this where our news is full of headlines like these?

As an aspiring journalist, I am constantly reading the news to get the latest updates from around the world. Every day, my phone buzzes with text alerts from CNN, the New York Times and USA Today with news, the majority being negative.

Questions about the world we live in fill my mind day to day. Though it is hard to change the billions of minds in this world, I am willing to step up and fight for a change.

I may be small, and I may only be a college student, but I have a strong passion for peace in this world. Just sit back and imagine a world where we don't have to live in fear or discomfort. Imagine waking up every day to smiles on people's faces; to text alerts from news apps that reveal positive events happening around the world; to the confidence in knowing that you are safe.

We are all capable of making this world a better place. But maybe it starts with one passionate person to spread peace.

If I am the individual to start the chain reaction of positive vibes, so be it. What is happening around the world makes me sick to my stomach; it is not OK. My mind is consumed with confusion. We must not take our lives for granted. This is not how we should be living. Our world can become a happier, more positive place to live.

It is never too late to make this world a better place, so why not start now?


Rachel Stuart is a Digital Producer for the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @RachSage or email her at

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