The Fountain of Youth

The youth of today in my opinion are different from previous generations in a positive way. Some say they are social media obsessed and that life is easy for them because of the availability of technology. This may be true for some but definitely not true for others.
I have a lot of interaction with young people both face to face and on social media. I am very impressed by the young people I have spoken to. They are caring, intelligent and socially aware. Young people nowadays seem to see both the bright side and the dark side of life. They are not afraid to challenge the supposed wisdom of the previous generations. They are realistic in what can be achieved. Young people do not aim to overthrow the opinions of their elders they aim to enrich established thinking.
I do not think we will ever see the younger generation in ‘flower power’ mode. Young people use social media and develop technology to express themselves and to influence politicians and society.
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In Ireland last year we had a referendum on gay rights. The referendum was about should gay people be entitled to the same marriage rights as straight people. The debate turned dirty very quickly. Those who claimed to uphold God`s law displayed hate toward gay people. I speak diplomatically when I say the behaviour of these people was less than Christian. Gay people decided not to take this negative attitude toward them lying down. Gay people argued with biased campaigners outside their own homes in housing estates who were distributing leaflets with very negative attitudes toward gay people. There were many Irish people that were not gay but wanted equal rights for all. It became an equality issue, everyone should have equal rights. People began to panic, yes panic because people felt that strongly about the referendum, when both sides were neck and neck. Both sides had an equal chance of winning. The debates, even the debates on national television, became even more abusive.
Then an incredible reaction to the bigotry occurred. Young people flew in from their homes abroad and voted, in their thousands. They did not march, they did not riot. They canvassed and they voted. I was so moved that young people were so determined to have equality in Ireland. They voted in their thousands and swung the vote in favour of marriage rights for gay people. Young people changed Irish society forever in a positive way.
In social media I have a lot of followers that are young people. They are sensitive and intelligent yet practical in their approach to life. I am sure that young people will eventually make the world a better place. Young people need to listen to older people`s wisdom but we also need to listen to what young people say.

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Gabriel Woods

I am the author of The Golden Age Dawns, a fantasy science fiction book.I have traveled to many countries around the world including India, Australia, Scotland, England, Ireland, America, Amsterdam, Germany, Greece, Cyprus, Portugal and Spain. I have worked in mental health and disability for most of my life. I have an honours Degree in Psychology, a Masters in Aid-work Management, a Certificate in Counseling Skills and I am a certified coach. I have written my first novel, The Golden Age Dawns which will be published in Amazon at the end of April. I have a Kindle book available in Amazon Easter Rising 1916 A Family Answers The Call For Ireland`s Freedom which is very popular and has achieve high ratings. I have always aimed to help and support people all my working life. Much of my learning from this is in my book, some of the ideas I share on this blogging site along with beautiful places I write about that I have traveled to. I am concerned about world politics at the moment and hope that my new book will go toward making the world a better place and helping individuals feel better about themselves. I am living in Ireland near Dublin. Apart from writing my book I have been working as a volunteer on a helpline for people with depression, bipolar and depression. What I love most is traveling and sunny countries. I love to visit important spiritual, religious, or historic places when I am in holiday but I also like holidays on the beach. I have a wide variety of music that I like from pop music to dance music and rock music. My hobbies are social commentary, politics, reading all kinds of books, the gym, gardening, D.I.Y. I love to socialize and meet new people. I like to learn new things. I am the author of: Easter Rising 1916, A Family Answers The Call For Ireland`s Freedom My Novel The Golden Age Dawns. Gabriel Woods achieved a degree in psychology in University College Dublin, Ireland. He then studied a postgraduate course in UCD which focused on the management of humanitarian aid work. He learned about African culture and the issues aid workers face in Africa. Gabriel Woods has travelled around the world. He has lived in Sydney and Brisbane in Australia. He explored important religious and cultural Hindu, Buddhist and Muslim sites of India. He learned about the spiritual practices of the people that live and worship there. Gabriel Woods also spent time exploring important aboriginal sites in Australia and the lessons aboriginals have for humanity. Gabriel Woods has lived in Dublin, London and Edinburgh. He has travelled widely throughout mainland Europe including Spain, Greece, Cyprus, Netherlands and Germany with a focus on areas of cultural importance. These sites throughout the world that Gabriel has visited have had a profound effect on him which he expresses as he writes about these areas in his novel. Gabriel has returned to Ireland. He worked voluntarily for Aware helpline that supports people experiencing depression and anxiety. He is now a fully qualified life coach. He lives in a village near the banks of The Royal Canal.

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