First thing is first….
First off… I would like to congratulate you on making it into the year 2018 and I personally know this was no small task.
You have made it pass the mass shootings which have taken place in our nation, or pass the loss of families, friends, and properties due to hurricanes, wildfires, or any other natural disaster which took place within the last year. You may be a survivor who made it pass the political violence which has regrettably spread across our nation which seems to be getting more intense as the days roll by, or maybe you are a survivor of hatred based upon your race, sexual orientation, or ethnic background. However you survived, you made it you are here now in 2018, and you are reading this blog, and I personally want to thank you for being here, now, reading this with me, in 2018.
I know the expectation is to read another article on how to make this year better than your last one. (And all of your previous years for that matter). Or an article which gives you the secrets to success in 2018, or how to get slim and trim, or how to accomplish your New Year’s Resolution….
….if you are looking for any of this, I advise you now to read elsewhere.
Your life is not one to be treated like a perpetual cycle of social fads, and we will have none of that here.
You have made it to this year, to this point in time simply because you have a reason to still be here. More than likely you had to fight, claw, rush, or climb your way through to make it to this point in your life and this point in the new year, in any case, I know it was not easy. Whether it is to realize your own potential, start a new business, rebuild a broken family, or whatever you are meant to do, you are here now and 2018 is upon you.
So now what?
What is it you wish to accomplish for yourself? Only you know.
There will be many who publish information about what you should and shouldn’t do with your life. They will tell you that your point of view may be foolish or you may be wasting your time pursuing the passions of your heart, or when you are grieving over them when life continues to distract you. Or they may attempt to encourage you to pursue your passions with reckless abandon so you can be like other people who are living their dreams.
I will only give you this….
Whatever you may do, the only thing you are not allowed to do is give up.
Even though there still will be people who wish you harm because of your sexual orientation. And though, there will be people who cannot come to listen to one another and discuss their political views in an reasonable manner, and there will be people who discriminate against you for your ethnic background, and beliefs. And though loved ones will be lost, and natural disasters will occur, don’t give up.
You have this time now to forge your own path.
So take whichever road you may choose. You have only one life and there is only one of you.
You have choices to make on how you want to live your life. So live as only you see fit. 2018 will be here, as will the world, awaiting your answer.
We hope the best for you in all your endeavors, and will walk the same path in our own way.
Author / Contributor – K.J. Boggs