5) I'd Rather Just Dance

Washington D.C. ended with bang, a “culture night” in the hotel ballroom. Divided by country of origin, each group presented a dance to showcase their culture. In short, no one was exempt and it was a blast. For a moment, the worry presented by the looming SDGs was lost to dance and merriment. The delegates came together as relationships strengthened, solidifying the us as a unit and accepting any future challenge. This night was perhaps the night that truly encapsulated the meaning of IYLA. Different people dancing together as one. One force ready to tackle the world’s problems, regardless of size. Celebration of human nature. Start with connections, cultivate positivity, apply it to your daily life. Express yourself. Express your culture. Take pride in your past, look to the future.

SDG number 10 proposed by the UN: Reduced inequalities. Nothing could have been more prevalent on that night. In a way, by displaying just how different we were brought us closer together. Language barriers remained, but understanding grew. If we were to fix the world, we’d have to start small, as we did that night.