It’s difficult to do anything right now. It seems like we’ve been pushed down into the mud, and every time we look up, our faces get stepped on and shoved back in. I don’t mean this for any particular group of people; it’s been a tough year for everyone. Just waiting there for the next punishment, blaming a year because it’s the only thing we have to blame for the mass existential crisis the world has been going through. The whole world is a mess right now. Human rights violations, deaths, suicides, homicides, politics, divisions between family and friends and country… it keeps going.
I don’t know what’s going to happen in 2017, but it isn’t going to instantly fix what we’re going through. New years aren’t magical, and anyone who made a resolution can attest to that. We have to get back up and fight just as we always have, because our rights are just being tossed to the side and will be destroyed if we don’t keep speaking up. We’ve already made plans, we’re ready to march, we’re ready to save what we have, but I don’t know if we’re going to make any progress. But at least we can stand in place. We can push back. Coming from Indiana, I know what Mike Pence is ready and willing to do, and we fought him tooth and nail every step of the way until he somehow disappeared and became vice president.
Research. Pick your fights. Make sure you know what’s coming and what will be most dangerous to the world. If you’re good at organizing, get people together. If you’re good at writing, make sure others know what’s happening and write hope into your messages. If you’re good at standing strong and screaming for your rights, for fuck’s sake do it because sometimes one person standing alone is enough. Vote. Demand. Protest. Stay focused. And at the end of the day, be good to yourself, because there’s a very good chance of burnout in the coming year. Always know that you did what you could, whether it was joining a rally or giving money to a cause that you know needs it. Always give where you can. We deserve our rights, and we are going to keep them. People deserve to live, and they need help doing that. 2017 will be about survival. But let’s never forget what we learned from 2016. We will keep rising up.
Here’s some good news from 2016; feel free to add to the list if you like.