Introduce yourself?

My name is Ashely Blanton. I’m 15 years old. I live in a tiny town in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of South Carolina called Campobello. And I enjoy running. I even run Cross country and Track for my local high school.
What is your everyday inspiration?

Okay, I’d have to say my Dad is my inspiration. Every single day he gets up out of bed and works his hardest, even though he has every reason in the world to stay in bed and sleep away the days. He’s had it rough for the past 20 years with countless medical problems, but he does every single thing that he can to make my life better. He’s such an inspiration and I hope that one day, I can work as hard as him, be as successful that he has, and have a wonderful family to back me up no matter what.
What is something you would change about people in the world?

I would change the immense amount of ignorance present in the world today. Life would be so much more simple if everyone opened their eyes and attempted to acknowledge the past.

People tend to ignore the past because they don’t have time, they want to live in the moment, or they think that it’s silly and it could never happen again. But to me that’s wrong. America is slowly relapsing back into the past but to society, ignorance is bliss, so people choose to ignore all of the problems facing our country today. And I just can’t stand it. (Still more lol)

If it were up to me, instead of everyone working so hard to ignore it and sweep everything that’s wrong under the rug, they would use all of that effort to work together to try and fix the problems instead of pushing it off. America just needs a quick reality check.
What is something you’ve struggled with?

I have struggled with being 100% satisfied with myself. Growing up I have always been compared to my older siblings, or other athletes on my team. I’ve grown up thinking that I’m good at things, or I’m somewhat successful, but always being reminded that I could do something to improve or make it better. I’m constantly reminded that I’m not the best. People always told me to do things other ways, not my way, to succeed. Even how I completed every day tasks was scrutinized. But recently

I’ve slowly come to terms with myself. I realize that I’m not going to be the best at things. I won’t always be the smartest, the prettiest, the fastest, or have the most friends, but I’m okay with that. I’m successful in my own ways. I’m my own person and I’ve realized that I don’t need to try to live up to anyone else’s standards other than my own.
What is a plan you would or could do to help change the world?

Since I can’t do much to change people’s ignorance, I think that I could change the world with kindness. Just smiling at someone, holding a door, or asking how someone’s day was could change their whole attitude. I try my best every single day to make someone smile. Smiles spread and making someone else feel happy, will change their day. It’s like a chain reaction, you do one act of kindness and it will spread from person to person. That way at the end of the day you could have effected 10 or

More people’s day in a good way. Kindness is a wonderful thing. It connects people and makes them work together better. So hopefully once the world is able to work together, bigger problems can start being solved.
What is your plan for 2017?

In 2017, I plan on doing a lot. But most specifically I plan on bettering myself. I plan on shaking bad habits and hopefully picking up a few good ones on the way. I plan on not only improving myself emotionally, but physically and mentally. I’m going to run a half marathon. I’m going to break a school record. I’m going to tour colleges. I’m going to get a summer job. I’m going pass all of my classes. And I’m going to improve myself as a whole. Notice how I said I’m ‘going’ to. Not that I’m going to try, or I might. I am. That’s what 2017 is to me. A whole year to do, and not say. It’s a lot to do, but I am GOING to do it.
Last question do you feel like us as people can make a difference in the world and why?

Yes. The entirety of problems in the world today are caused by people. So I feel like they can be solved by people. As the most dominant life forms on planet earth today, we have the power and influence to change the world. Even small things can make a huge impact. It may take more time than I have left to fix, but we as human beings, can change the world. It’s a choice that the human race has to make. And hopefully they choose wisely. I’m trying, and if more people tried, things could change