Who I am…

My name is Sara Hughes. I am 47 years old and live in Rochester, NY. I have one biological child, Jacob, who is 22 years old and am also “Mama Sara” to hundreds of young people I’ve met and come to know and love through my volunteer and professional work as a mentor, educator, program manager, and youth development specialist.

I began my intentional life’s work journey in 1999, after the tragic mass shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, CO. I realized then that I had a responsibility to participate in the world as though all kids are my kids and all life is connected. In the 21 years since I came to that realization, my understanding of my place within this complicated, messy, beautiful universe has broadened and deepened significantly. Subsequent revelations have led me to begin this project, which I expect to evolve through connections with and contributions from you.

The content I plan to post includes: essays, stories, poetry, artwork, video messages, memes, links, and other resources- all of which will promote thinking, acting, and connecting in ways that promote healthy and sustainable options for living with one another and all life on Earth. It’s ambitious, I know! You may ask yourself, as I have, “who are you to think you can change anything?” My answer is this- I am someone who has felt powerless and isolated for many years of my life. Through a series of awakenings- realizations of certain truths- I came to understand that we are all, inexorably and inextricably connected. This is The Law of Life. This transformed everything for me, personally, so it stands to reason that it can be transformational for others, too.

I have studied ideas and practices that have successfully shifted humanity toward interconnection and wholeness and also those that have led us astray, as a species. I have built and maintained myriad relationships with others from all walks of life and listened to them deeply- leading to an understanding how our lived experience shapes our perception of ourselves and each other. I am acutely self-aware and know that the lens through which I see the world is uniquely mine and, therefore, understand that this is true of all of us. I do not believe I have “the answers” for everyone but I’m confident that each of us is capable of contributing significantly to the world and, together, we may create new narratives and demonstrate new ways to preserve and protect our fragile ecological and social networks into the future, informed by sources of wisdom, both ancient and contemporary.

There is no way to know what the impact of my efforts will be. In a time of almost universal uncertainty, I’m content to know that I’m doing what I can. For those of you who read these words and think it’s foolhardy to hope that my vision of the future may be advanced through the sharing of ideas and information online, I welcome your suggestions for better ways to do it!

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead

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