I am so inspired by today’s youth. Their ideas can at times be idealistic and unformed, but it is interesting to me that often, they are so focused on their vision that they don’t realize they should be afraid. Or, is that a trait that my generation is afflicted with only? Would we really rather focus on the negativity, or explore the possibilities?
Recently, outside of Austin, Texas, some high school students decided that the cutest little guy on the planet shouldn’t have to settle for a thumb and pinkie only. This little boy was born missing three fingers. So, they decided to build him a prosthetic hand. Yup, you read that right. High school juniors without engineering or medical degrees decided that they would try to help another human out and see if they could build a hand. Those “self-centered, always-texting, can’t-connect-live-with-other-humans” millenials – you remember them, right? They decided to build a hand. What do juniors in high school know about robotics? On some levels, it didn’t matter; they started working with their robotics teacher to do their best to solve the problem. I don’t know what revision of the hand they are working on currently, but you should see the face of the 3 year old when he gets the hand. Stars in the heavens pale in comparison!
This is why I still believe that America has limitless potential – the amazing people that I read about every day, like these kids.
What would you do today if you didn’t know you should be afraid? What would happen in America if more joined the club?
Kelly Kunst, Founder of YES