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Believing In A Beautiful Future

Lately, I’ve been reflecting on the words of one of my favorite poets and artists, Morgan Harper Nichols: “I am choosing to believe the future can still be beautiful.”

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, racial injustice, and environmental crises, the world is filled with great uncertainty and pain right now. It can be easy to feel discouraged­— however, when I stop and look around, beauty abounds. To me, believing in a hope-filled future begins with appreciating the small joys brought by each new day.

Some moments of joy that I’ve found in Detroit include:

  • having time to read more often and living a house overflowing with books
  • the weekly ice cream truck that plays Christmas music no matter the season
  • movie marathons with my community members
  • exploring the Riverwalk and taking in the gorgeous view of the Detroit River
  • celebrating the Kentucky Derby by making DIY Derby hats out of cardboard

As I continue my journey as a Mercy Volunteer, I will strive to appreciate the beauty around me, working towards a future filled with growth, reflection, and love.

Claire Feller: Detroit, Michigan

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