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Local view: Wellness day Saturday a chance to find hope

The unknown: it scares all of us. What will happen tomorrow? What if I don't get my dream job? What if I don't find true love? How does one find hope or rid anxieties with the shadow of uncertainty upon them? This is a question many of us, includ...

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Cailie Craig is a student at the University of Minnesota Duluth and an intern for the Northland Community Wellness Day event

The unknown: it scares all of us. What will happen tomorrow? What if I don't get my dream job? What if I don't find true love? How does one find hope or rid anxieties with the shadow of uncertainty upon them? This is a question many of us, including me, find ourselves asking. We live in a world with set expectations, yet find ourselves in a constant state of the unknown.

Between the pressure of uncertainty and the sudden loss of my beloved brother in 2015, I began to feel despair. But through the love and support of my family and community, I have discovered that hope keeps us moving forward.

With economic, political, and personal uncertainties ahead of us, we must find hope within ourselves and one another. This is the foundation for a healthy community and a sustainable future.

Moving forward involves understanding each other's differences. We all view our world in different ways, which is what makes our community so unique and beautiful. By bridging our differences and strengths, we can build a healthier community.

To create a better tomorrow, we must focus on today. Now is the time to move toward this formidable change, side-by-side and hand-in-hand.

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I invite you to join me in experiencing community-building hope and collaboration at the eighth-annual Northland Community Wellness Day Saturday in the Romano Gym at the University of Minnesota Duluth. The event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

As cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead wisely said, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

 

Cailie Craig is a student at the University of Minnesota Duluth and an intern for the Northland Community Wellness Day event ( northlandcwd.org ).

 

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Giant, inflatable, walk-through lungs were a highlight of a past Northland Community Wellness Day at the University of Minnesota Duluth. The annual event is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in UMD's Romano Gym. (Photo Courtesy of Northland Community Wellness Day)

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