You are the antidote to apathy and cynicism
Rebellions are built on hope. ❤️
Oof, and I needed this today. I struggle so much to hold on to hope with *all* that is messed up around us. And I think a big reason for that is how our senses are overwhelmed with bad news 24/7. It’s hard to hold on to hope when the only choices we’re presented with are defeatism or denialism. I love how you’ve framed hope as rebellious. It absolutely is. Thank you, hopepunk Brad.
*styles hair in neon pink spikes, puts on joy rebel pin and defiantly steps out front door*
Needed this today. Thanks, sir!
Love love love. I have a bit of a wild, strange book being published next year and I have been wondering what genre it might represent. Now I know... it's Hopepunk! Yessss.
I love this so much. I am so glad to have found it. What a beautiful article that has put into words all that I feel about joy and hope and wanting to share that which is uplifting 💛
As always - SO GOOD. This resonates with me! Thank you.
Thank you so much for this, I really needed it today. Hope is all that has kept me hanging on for the last several years.
Such goodness here. Thank you Brad. I'm forwarding this to my son ASAP!
I heard of hope punk several years ago. Check out the writer Cat Rambo. Her website has a whole section on the topic:
It’s a good thing to promote radical hope. It’s needed in this world more than ever. Thank you, Brad, for the reminder.
Thanks for such a great line of thought. As a teacher, I can easily get discouraged by the violence and greed so apparent in the world, and wonder wearily what is ahead for my students. The urge to hold tight to orthodoxy, to circle the wagons, is prevalent. I don’t want to live small or lose my sense of wonder, and I certainly don’t want my students to. Thanks for the reminder to live open-heartedly and with my face lifted to the sun.
Kindness is hard!*
Still, do it anyway!
* - You will probably not get thanked. You may even get
Blamed! Still, do it anyway!
There is grim-dark, and also
Hope-light. Support your best
Hopes for our future.
Do it Hope-light!
Just do it!
And -> Thanks in advance!
BRAD, you've done it again! You've added so much hope into this world. I've shared this repeatedly today, including to every one of my students. Thank you!
Thank you for this. Life has been weird, disjointed, and discouraging off and on the last few years. I want to be hopeful but I've been tired enough that it's felt pointless at times. But that desire is still there; I'm in my best state of being when I'm hopeful. Hopepunk is the affirmation I've needed.
Like minds, Brad. Thank you for your post. Hopepunks. I love that. I share your sentiment and that's part of my intent with my own newsletter.
Thank you for this! I needed the word "hopepunk" - it's what I've been trying to do with my own posts. I've been using the term "whimsical art" and that fits but not perfectly... hopepunk fits better! Thank you!!!
Needed this reminder, today. I've just recently started my own Substack, and I'm trying to highlight the hopeful, in both those articles and in fiction I've been struggling to write. In a world that's trying to convince us to give up, give in, care less...we need to engage and care more!