When I wasn’t on the clock watching the sun rise over my home, I was staring at the world growing bigger and more awesome.
I watched the world expand, from the ocean to the cities and beyond, and grew even more excited for the future of my daughter.
But then I realized that I was not really watching the future unfold for me, I am watching the past unfold for my daughter as it is.
I have become a mother obsessed with the past, a mother who has lost count of the number of times I have cried, or told her to get the hell out of the house, or called her out for being a bad mom.
The things that I want to do, I see them happen all the time in my daughter’s life.
I’ve learned to ignore the past and to focus on what is happening right now.
But when I look back, what do I see?
I see a world that is expanding and changing faster than ever before, with people everywhere from the world leaders of the world to the leaders of all walks of life to the world’s most prominent scientists and engineers, to the best minds of the technology industry, and the most famous and most powerful minds in the world.
What I see is the same thing that I saw when I was a young woman growing up in the 1950s and 1960s: a time when women had to fight for the right to vote and the right not to have their children kidnapped and forced into marriage.
When I was young, it was the women who made up the majority of the women in the United States, and when I grew up, I began to see how the men in power would exploit this.
I saw the first wave of women who were forced into labor during World War II, the women I know and love who fought for our rights and who fought to end the Vietnam War.
And when I became a mother, I started to see the effects of that war on our daughters.
In my own family, there were some times where I felt I could not take a moment to remember my own childhood, my sisters, or our friends who fought in the Vietnam war.
And now I look to the future, to where women have the chance to take back their rights, and to the women of today who will never know the pain and pain of what we endured as a result of that War.
But in order to take that chance, we have to stop looking at the past.
We have to look at the future.
We must recognize the things that are happening right before our eyes, the changes that are taking place around us, and let the future guide us to what’s in front of us.
And let’s do it right now because we need to save the world from a dangerous future.
Mother Teresa is the Founder and Chair of the Global Network of the World Vision, the Mission of which is to end poverty, eradicate poverty, and foster development in poor and underprivileged countries by 2030.