The late Adrienne Rich wrote a poem in 1983 titled, “Dreams Before Waking.”  In the final stanza, she wrote:

What would it mean to live

in a city whose people were changing

each other’s despair into hope?

You yourself must change it.

What would it feel like to know

your country was changing?

You yourself must change it.

Though your life felt arduous

new and unmapped and strange

What would it mean to stand on the first

page of the end of despair?

We stand on that first page.

We have a remarkable opportunity to make a difference.

The world is far from perfect and it’s easy to complain about all of its flaws or wait until things get better.

But perhaps Rich is right.

Perhaps, instead of waiting for hope, we become the ones who bring it.

Perhaps, instead of waiting for things to get better, we make it better.

Perhaps, instead of waiting for change, we must change.

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