The new year is coming.
This, of course, means that everyone and their dog has a New Years post with something to say. I am no different. I have been quiet the last few months, but today I had a need to write.
This last year, that of 2016, has been a rough one. I have to admit that it has nearly defeated me on more than one occasion and I am not sad to see it go.
2016 has taken countless people from the Earth who have made extraordinary differences and many others who seemed ordinary but made differences just the same.
2016 has seen the uprising of bigotry, misogyny, and other various kids of hatred. It has lead me to fear for the world in general and its people in specific.
Yes, there have been good things about 2016. If you look at my Instagram, you will see all the good things about my year personally. It was full of puppies, school, friends, food, knitting, and football.
Love and beauty and art and simplicity that have seemed like brief, shining, fleeting moments of glitter amongst the refuse.
Even with it, it feels as though the refuse is winning.
So I have this to say:
Dear 2016, don't let the door hit you on your way out.
Looking to the future
But I also have something to say to and about 2017.
Dear 2017, Please. Don't. Suck.
That is my phrase for this year. Some people pick uplifting things for their yearly plan, but I don't have it in me. All I have is a plea to the coming year as it struggles to push 2016 out of the way so we can finally be done with it. Please, 2017, don't suck.
Now, this is my intention for the year 2017 and the things that happen in it, but also it is my intention for me personally.
I plan to wake up every day and think to myself that this year, I should not suck. I should be as good as I can be at things, sure. But what I'm looking for is a little deeper.
As a human being, in the world of all people, DO NOT SUCK. Don't be the one that others look at and think "Wow, you suck at being a people."
Be more helpful.
Protect the innocent and the weak.
Give of your time or body to others in a way that is respectful to them and yourself.
That is all I ask of 2017, the things that are to come, myself, and the world around me.
I don't know if it is too much to ask. Some of the things I've seen and heard in the last year make me wonder. All I can do is try myself to suck less at being a person on this Earth filled with millions of other people who may or may not suck.
I will treat people with kindness more often. I will protect the innocent and the weak without being a dick about it. I will not save the world, but I will be a better part in it than I have been before.
I will not end misogyny or bigotry or other hateful things, but I will point it out when I see it (even in myself) and I will make noise about it. I will be less programmed and I will be better.