Only the young



On Monday I turn 25, and there’s one thing on my mind: what have I done these last 25 years to make an impact on the world? I could sit here and brag about the amazing things I’ve done in my life, but what good will that do for you?

We live in a day and age where young people are consistently looked down upon; teenagers, young adults and those alike. We’re told that we need to do better with our lives and try harder even though we’re doing the best we can with what we have. We are held to standards by our own parents, family members, friends, adults, etc. and when we don’t meet them, we’re a disappointment. Let me tell you one thing they are right about, though: we are the future, and we also have the power to change to world, too. We have access to almost everything we need to know these days and have the means and talents to do so. At the beginning of 2020, I sent out a challenge to everyone. Today, I am sending out a second challenge for the younger generation that are 18-30 years of age. The Primary Election is upon us. If you are a registered voter, wherever you live, I am urging you to use the resources made available to you and research the political candidates in your city, county and state. Check your local newspapers for Voter Information Guides and polling locations. Early Voting for the March Primary begins Tuesday, Feb. 18. If you live in Atascosa County, please see the Pleasanton Express’ Voters Information Guide on 8A and 9A that includes a variety of information you need to know for the Primary Election.

If you’re not a registered voter, I encourage you to register by Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, so that your voice can be heard in the November 3, 2020, General Election.

As Taylor Swift said in her song Only the Young:

“They aren’t gonna help us, too busy helping themselves.

They aren’t gonna change this, we gotta do it ourselves.

They think that it’s over, but it’s just begun.

Only one thing can save us, only the young.”

This is the year for the younger generation’s voice to be heard through our votes. We are the future. Use your vote this year as one step closer to changing the world YOU are living in. As an almost 25-year-old, I know one thing I have done to make an impact on the world, even if it doesn’t seem big. I’m casting my vote this year, will you join me?

REBECCA PESQUEDA is the News Editor of the Pleasanton Express. You may reach her at

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