Today I choose to hope.
I will see the young people striving to make things better
and those kind elders who haven’t quit.
I will feel the autumn sun on my skin
and smell the ocean breeze.
I will hear the morning birds fill the air
and drink my coffee.
I will say to myself it always was
and always will be
and believe the words.
I will know we are doing our best,
some days we try harder than others,
and sometimes we rest,
but we will never give up.