Let's talk 2017, shall we?
I originally had the idea of listing all of the things that sucked about this year, but I decided against it, because there are just way too many. While this year was wonderful in some aspects, I think that most of us will be entering 2018 with a bad taste in our mouths. I mean, we started the year with Trump inaugurated as our president. Things couldn't get any worse!
...But they did. They got, like, really bad.
Like I said, I won't go through every single event that happened, but I just wanted to recognize the fact that 2017 contained a great deal of trauma. There was political trauma, and our mouths were pretty much agape every day. There was more police brutality. More natural disasters than I would like to fathom. More shootings (a.k.a. domestic terrorism). Oh, and let's not forget your friendly, neighborhood Nazis parading the streets.
What. A. Time. To. Be. Alive.
On a personal note, I also dealt with depression this year - something that I've only read about and experienced through others. It sucked. The second half of my 2017 really, really sucked. I am grateful for those who provide me with the love and support that I sometimes feel as though I don't deserve.
I've had several conversations with people about how tough this year has been, and when I think about it more deeply, I just feel exhausted. Sometimes I feel helpless, or desensitized, like I've seen it all before. That's no way to be.
So what do I do? More importantly, what do we do?
I find solace in trying to live authentically, and encouraging others to do the same. There is a great deal of nonsense that is out of our control, but also some that is within it. In times like these, we need to feel in control. When we feel powerless, we need to remember where our power lies.
We've made it this far, and as shitty as things are, we are all capable of being powerful. As defeated as we may feel, we are resilient. It just takes getting through it - whatever "it" is.
I don't have any resolutions for 2018, with the exception of this. I want to recognize my power, honor it, and empower others who may need it. And on the days where everything is just too much, I may rely on ya'll to empower me too.
'Til next time,