It’s that time of year again when the Global Moms Relay is all over my Facebook feed and friends are sharing every post in order to raise money and awareness. Johnson & Johnson donates $1 (per tweet, Facebook share and more), up to $300,000, to four causes helping improve the health and wellbeing of moms and kids worldwide: MAMA, Shot@Life, U.S. Fund for UNICEF and Girl Up. This year Global Moms Relay asks the question What kind of world do you want for your family in 2030? I have been thinking about it and decided to join in to and share..
Meet Derek and Hayley, my super silly babies that love to pretend they are saving the world from all the “bad guys.” When I think of the future, all I think of is them.
What kind of world do you want for your family in 2030?
When I hear this question I think, “Wow, that is a long time away” and then I am quickly reminded that it is 2015 and it’s only 15 years away. In 2015 my son Derek will be almost 22 and Hayley will be approaching 20. 2030 will be a time in their lives where their peers will have a lot of influence over them and their mom and dad might not be the center of their lives as we are now (hold me!). I think these formative years leading up to their teens and 20’s is my time as a mom to try my very best to instill some directives into their moral compass.
These are just a few quick keywords that come to mind when I think of how I want to raise my children. I think it also relates to how I want the world to behave when interacting with my children. I want them to group up and live in a world where people know compassion, use kindness, are honest and have integrity. I want Derek and Hayley to be happy and always appreciate what they have. If all these characteristics are used in our schools, government, families and every day lives I believe it would help spearhead much-needed change from where our world is now.
I hope in 203o our world is kinder. I want my children to see a gentler world. I pray they will see a world that care about global issues. Where water is clean and available to everyone on the planet and if it isn’t everyone has agreed that it is a priority! I want them to see a world that cares about mothers and babies. A world that fights to keep children healthy, fed and safe with shelter. I want my children to be a part of the global discussion. I want Derek and Hayley to lend their voices to children around the world in the hopes that in their lifetime they will see diseases eradicated and children won’t die of vaccine preventable diseases, dehydration or from lack of access to the type of healthcare that we are used to.
I hope in 2030 that both my children follow their destiny. I want them to be happy, I want them to find what makes their hearts sing and their minds soar. I hope that our world becomes more accepting and embracing to differences. I think in order for any of this to happen we need to start NOW. We need to all join the conversation. We need to help facilitate a change. I am ready, are you???
The United Nations Foundation, Johnson & Johnson, BabyCenter and The Huffington Post created the Global Moms Relay with a goal of improving the lives of women and children around the globe. Each time you ‘like’ or share a Global Moms Relay post via the social media icons or comment, Johnson & Johnson will donate $1 (per action) up to $300,000, to improve the health and wellbeing of moms and kids worldwide through MAMA, Shot@Life, UNICE