Here we are. 2015. It’s another year. Big deal. I’m excited for the coming year — 2014 was a good year for me. I feel that I accomplished a lot last year and that this year will only be better. While it sometimes seems that the world in general is going to pot, I don’t agree. It’s a different time with its own challenges, but we have accomplished so much.
What we’ve accomplished this year:
- Nineteen more states — for a total of 35 plus Washington, D.C. — have marriage equality. This is major seeing how only a few years ago Vermont was the first state to allow same-sex marriage. I’m happy that my home state of Kansas is one of those states that recently passed marriage equality. Only 15 states to go.
- President Barack Obama enacted a workplace discrimination law for transgender federal employees, ensuring 14 million more American workers will be protected.
- Affordable Care Act took effect in January 2014, bringing health care to 44 million Americans who previously were not insured.
This is only a small and very short list. But it shows that so many things — not to mention all the things that have been accomplished in the past century. As frustrating as the many injustices as there are in the world, while I do believe that it’s rediculous that some of those things are even issues, we as a body of people are moving forward. It takes one step from each of us constantly to move forward as a group. While many things seem daunting, we have to keep with it. Just one step, one thing. Write a letter, don’t let an injustice get past you, help someone in need, give a kind word, etc. Sometimes the simple gesture of a smile or being nice, can bring change down the road. If you help someone, they may help someone, which just grows.
At the same time, ignoring others or not being kind can lead to negative actions. Stay positive in all ways in this new year.
One thing I am doing this month is making a vision board (see my story on page 8). I cover a lot of different things in my vision. It includes things such as material items: replacing my car, buying a house, etc., but also includes helping further social justice causes and making someone feel that they matter, because everyone does.
Happy New Year!