For whatever reason, many people have lost faith in the youth of today. Whether it be their video games or their smart, this generation is probably the furthest apart from their parents and grandparents in human history. But that doesn't necessarily make them bad.
A mom named Jenna Steele from Toledo, Ohio, is going viral for her post about witnessing a random act of kindness on Sunday, and inspiring everyone to believe in today's youth again.
She shared a picture of three young men standing around a homeless guy on the street corner, and explained exactly what was going down.
I just sat at the corner of Jackman & Alexis sobbing my eyes out. A car of 3 teenage boys pulled in to the gas station, parked their car, they all got out & one by one took their wallets out and handed this homeless man some cash. They then shook his hand and went on their way.
Let’s stop giving attention to the youth that do these horrible acts and start giving attention to THESE kind of kids. Maybe we will start a new kindness trend & make kids famous for these kind of things. THIS is the kind of stuff I want to see go viral & clogging up my Facebook feed.
It's unclear what horrible acts Steele is referring to teens doing, exactly, but she is right that looking at Facebook can be one of the most depressing ways to spend your morning, People are thanking Steele for this bit of positivity in their timelines:
Steele's post has been shared over 70,000 times. It went so viral, that apparently some of the teens in the picture actually saw it.
In a comment, Steele wrote:
"I was so happy to of seen it and even more happy to be contacted by two of the boys and them thanking ME. For what?! I didn’t do anything. They just wanted to thank me for spreading the positivity further. Wow! THAT is how I choose to look at our youth. Amazing young men! Thank you for being the light in this sometimes ugly world."
It's not surprising to me that teens are good. Right now, teens from Parkland are working to end gun violence when they could be hiding away after the mass shooting at their school. Teens are great and powerful, and I'm glad they will soon take over.
But it seems like what people need right now is to see some of the small acts of kindness that make fighting through the slog of every day life worth it.
Like seeing a man come to an older woman's aid:
Getting a nice note instead of a creepy one:
Helping out an animal in need:
Giving out gifts with no expectation of a return:
Giving someone more than you have to:
Doing for someone what you wish they would do for you.
It really is the little things.