Usually, during the holidays, I like to sit and reflect on the past year. Highlights, celebrations, accomplishments, etc. This year, I’ve decided to take a slightly different approach. I’m going to spend most of my time here looking forward, and only a moment on where we have been… If you want to be reminded of my year, please take a quick look at my Facebook timeline. It’s all been pretty much documented, there.
2014 was a banner year in so many ways. Personal change, growth, trying new things, (including blogging!) Watching with intense pride as archaic discrimination falls in state after state, and hoping that in some small way I was able to help. Watching as friends succeed, time after time. Finally getting to meet, in person, people who have come to mean so much to me. Helping the world celebrate Pride.
Not everything was good, though. We watched as the Republicans took control. We listened to evangelical pastors belittled us, and spreading their hatred. We saw governments implement laws codifying hatred. We saw pain, and even death, around the world. But through it all, we’ve endured, and even triumphed.
Here’s what I wish for:
I wish for Equality. For everyone. We’re all part of the same, Human race, yet we view people who are different from us with suspicion, fear, and hatred. It doesn’t matter what colour we are, what culture we come from, what gender we are, who we love, who, or what we worship, or how much money we have, we’re all the same. Is it so much to ask that we treat all of our fellow humans with the same respect?
I wish for Peace. Yes, I know that this is the standard wish for the holiday season, but, there you have it. My wish for peace is more than just a wish for the end of war. It’s a wish that everyone finds their own inner peace. That we can all lay our personal inner demons to rest, and find calm. Contentment. Peace.
I wish for everyone, Joy. Joy in living. Joy in going about our daily rituals. Joy in the people who surround us. Too often, we first see the negative in events and situations. Take a moment to look for a positive, and find Joy in it. There truly is a silver lining.
I wish for Love. The love of family and friends. But most importantly, I wish that everyone has the chance to find the love of self. The sad reality is that so many are in a place in their lives in which they are filled with self-loathing. My hope is that they can see in themselves that which others see. There is beauty in each of us, and once we find even the smallest part of that beauty, the ability to begin to love ourselves, and by extension, others, is destined to follow.
I wish that each of us find again, a sense of Wonder. There’s nothing more beautiful than the face of a child “discovering” something. The wide eyes, the look of amazement…Wonder. Sadly, most of us lose that as we get older. I would love nothing more than to see that look on the faces of adults as they see something wonderful, new, un-discovered. It does happen, just not nearly enough.
I wish for Wealth for all. Not monetary gain, nothing to do with “stuff.” I wish for everyone a wealth of friends, family, love. I would like nothing more than to see families reunited, after being estranged from each other, for whatever reason. It breaks my heart hearing about teens being disowned by parents for whatever reason. Siblings not talking for years after an argument. Friends becoming enemies. We are all we have in this world, we should fight to hold on to these relationships.
These are my wishes for the world in 2015. My hope is that each Human on the planet eventually is given these things. In my opinion, this is what this, one of the most important holidays of the year means. It doesn’t matter what your culture, or religion teaches, the giving of these gifts is the true purpose of this time of year.
My wishes for everyone include all of these things. You are all important, not only to me, but to humanity as a whole. May your New Year, and your whole life be filled with Equality, Peace, Joy, Love, Wonder and Wealth.
All my love: