2017, in a nutshell

Personally, 2017 was a good year. Growth. Health. Happiness. But, it was really hard to absorb the good of those things with the trash fire that is our current president burning behind us. It’s hard to celebrate our health when we know our sick friends who depend on the Affordable Care Act and CHIP will be made more vulnerable as the years progress.

It’s hard to be happy for our own personal growth when we know that our friends of color are literally in front of the firing squad with a commander in chief who believes they are somehow equal to hate groups, white supremacists and Nazis.

It’s hard to be happy when you child reads the news and turns to you with terrified eyes and you have to have a serious conversation about whether or not you’re safe from nuclear missiles.

It’s hard to be loving when there is so much ugliness.  It’s made family gatherings hard.  It’s made friendships hard.  It’s made facebook hard.

But, we’ve come out healthy.  Happy.  Growing.  And one year closer to this reality changing into something far better.

I bought one of those letterboards this week.  I’m in love with them.  I found this awesome quote by Neil Gaiman that I wanted to put on it, but it wouldn’t fit.  I went with a similar one from Steve Jobs, but I want to share the Gaiman quote here.

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Becuase if you are making mistakes,  then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself,  changing yourself, changing the world.  You’re doing things you’ve never done before and more importantly, you’re doing something”

 

Now, get out there and make some damn mistakes.

Happy New Year.