It’s time to realise how lucky we are

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Eighteen-year-old SAM POOLE goes to South Downs College and lives at Eastney, Portsmouth. Follow him on Twitter 

Across the world there is vast crisis. On the TV and in papers and books we are presented with issues that lead us to have a negative impression of certain countries.

As young people, we can misunderstand things which may concern and scare us.

With the uproar in Ukraine and the past decade in Afghanistan, we only see the exasperating elements of places where positive and exciting things are also happening.

I know these places are facing crises, but we shouldn’t allow the painful information to completely dominate our minds.

By this I mean not seeing absolutely everything in a negative light. Furthermore, if we allow the negative areas to swamp us, our attitudes will grow more pessimistic.

Another element that sits in my mind regarding the way issues are presented, is the image we have of people and cultures.

Why is it that we associate the way particular individuals look with wrongdoing?

This is our chance to break down the false beliefs and show people that there are good individuals in the world regardless of what they look like.

Portsmouth is a brilliant place with many things going on, thus somebody has to present that information to the public.

What I admire about local community information is the impartiality on topics.

I love how we are presented equally with positive and negative things happening in and around the island.

This newspaper, for example, is brilliant at highlighting 
the good in our community. I believe that is what we need more of!

Do you ever feel as if you sit there looking around thinking negatively?

I know I’m guilty. Fundamentally, when I read, listen or watch positive elements happening on our doorstep, my mindset is transformed.

In my opinion, one thing we should learn from each other and from the information we consume is that it’s not about dampening our lives. It’s important that we know what is taking place out there.

It’s our moment to realise how lucky we are and hope 
that those in need do receive support.