Many embrace 2017’s arrival while abruptly slamming the door in 2016’s face. I realize I’m about 17 days late writing a piece on the year 2017, but better late than never I suppose.
The thing is, I honestly didn’t think 2016 was that tumultuous. Of course, it had its hardships, embarrassments, and all around mistakes, but every year does. Every year we are faced with a series of catastrophic and, sometimes, devastating events. And every year we find a way to prosper and succeed.
In 2005, when Hurricane Katrina flooded New Orleans and surrounding cities, the nation came together to repair what had been lost. Not only that, but we have continued to repair and prepare for natural disasters similar to this.
The year 2016 has been filled with loss, confusion, and mayhem, but that will all still be there even as we make our way through 2017. 2017 is not going to be any ‘better’ unless we make a change. Honestly, I found 2016 to be an enlightening and powerful year. We were able to shed light on topics that had been socially repressed for far too long. I simply hope our nation will continue to shed light on critical issues in a positive, passionate, and successful way. Dr. Martin Luther King JR, whose birthday we celebrated on Sunday, said it best when he stated that, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” We cannot simply turn away from topics that speak to us; we must take a positive stand on issues that we are passionate about. Furthermore, we must stand with those who are unable to stand for themselves. We cannot turn a blind eye to the truth.