Not only does it baffle me that the Oregonian “militia” is treated differently by police than Black American activists and children (which is a painfully obvious racist flaw that ignorants have no traction to deny yet they try to); it is further perplexing that they seem to have absolutely no awareness of people around the world who are suffering in real ways. Children in Syria (AND EVERYWHERE) are starving because of civil war, terrorism, and global apathy. U.S. workers are denied a living wage and struggle to feed their families because $15/hr is absolutely out of question to rich right-wing congressmen who have no idea what that is like even though they got where they are because of “hard work.” Indigenous peoples still suffer from centuries of oppression, genocide, and bigotry implemented ages ago and are blamed for their own alcoholism and suicide rates, yet white people still believe that “Redskins” and “Indian” mascots are still acceptable, harmless, and “honorable.” Millions of women all over this planet are not counted as actual people in the global population because they are kidnapped, sold to brothels, raped, mutilated—not even considered human, and forgotten. The list goes on and on. How can privileged folks, in the digital information age, with all of this readily available to them, IN THEIR GODDAMN HANDS, still believe that their fucking petty hang-ups are more important than the real, actual suffering that people experience, and have always experienced? Wake the fuck up. Put your shit into perspective. We do not live in a goddamn vaccuum.
I want to say a few things about goals and New Year’s resolutions. I recognize that the very idea of New Year’s resolutions is ridiculous because time is a human-made construct, and separation of years is totally arbitrary in relation to a person’s capability of achieving their goals. If there is something you want to achieve or strive to start doing on a regular basis, you don’t need an invisible starting line that begins in January—just start doing it. I am a person who always strives to better myself holistically, everyday, regardless of what time of year it is.
However, I understand the appeal of the overarching “blank slate” or “fresh start” that society tells us comes with each new year. It is healthy to have goals and set benchmarks for when you’d like to achieve them, and I think a year is a good span of time in which to aim to accomplish certain personal goals. That said, setting reasonable standards is important. Saying, “In 2016, I want to do x, y, and/or z every single day!” just sets you up for failure. Those expectations are too high and that just sounds exhausting to me. This is why my goals are minimal and not meant to be daily events (my everyday goals are constant and always roll over into the next year; no need to share them here but you can see many of those in the previous post).
Aim for balance, not perfection.
- Take voice lessons
- Audition for a play or musical
- Travel to a new place
- Spend as much time with my dog as possible