Our Democracy

Our Democracy is not just big ideas but the little things too

By Sophia W. from Eureka High School in California

Democracy to me is about everyone as a whole. I feel like in the world we live in it can be really easy to get wrapped up in things that are stressful and bigger than us. Helping out a friend or even a stranger in need is a an example of what a democracy should be. The little things you can do for a person can truly have a bigger impact than you think. A democracy is a population of people being governed but it's also a population of people who work together and exist in the same world.

My post represents democracy because I think we need to notice the small beautiful things in life that exist in our democracy. My picture is a quick photo I took while I was on a walk with my family the other day. I was just walking and not thinking about much and I looked down and I thought the leaves that had fallen off the trees looked beautiful. But I realize if I would've been worrying about other things I might’ve not looked down or even cared about the leaves on the ground. But I felt so calm that I was able to enjoy what was going on around me. So that’s why democracy to me is about focusing on the tiny perfect things around yourself.

Eureka High School

Soph Honors, 2nd Period

Sophomore Honors English

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The Our Democracy Education Project is a partnership with the National Writing Project and PhotoWings. PhotoWings' mission is to help photography to be better understood, created, utilized, seen, and saved. The project is also supported by the National Geographic Society and Catchlight, and explores the question, “What does democracy look like?” through the creation of a multimedia record of the state of local, everyday democracy today.