This year some bad things have happened, quite a few of them, really. We’ve lost beloved performers, we’ve heard some truly odious lies told by politicians, and the national media has done its usual job to try and twist our perceptions outside the realm of reality.
Some good things have happened as well. For me, I have had some personal successes, and kept chipping away at a couple personal challenges that have galled me for years. We as internet users continue to reap the benefits of parallel communication so we can get an idea of what’s really going on, no matter what the media might say. I have improved my art and this blog and I’ve published two books and two short stories this year. I’ve also dipped my toes back into traditional media and had one of my drawings published in a magazine, so that’s a great thing to remember for me.
It’s been a mixed bag but there’s hope. Some friends of mine have revealed to me that they are terrified of what’s going to happen because Hillary didn’t win – to me there’s a glimmer of hope because she didn’t. I didn’t like her opponent that much, but when you get past the media lies he’s not quite the ogre everyone seems to think he is. So I have a little room for hope in politics. At least our current Anointed One won’t have the chance to catapult the US into World War 3 and make energy so expensive no one can afford it.
I take my hope in small doses. For another example, right now I make $2.79 above minimum wage. Come the new year, I’ll be making $0.79 above the minimum wage, and I’ll have to deal with higher prices and such as businesses find ways to pay their employees up to that rate. I work at the lowest paid call center in the city. But, there’s hope! Because I moved to a place that’s cheaper to live in, has lower utility bills, and has the most awesome landlord I’ve ever even heard of. I feel bad for all the families who will have to tighten their belts even more, but at least I, personally, will have hope, even as I watch my dollar grow weaker.
My books are starting to make a little money, so there’s a glimmer of hope there too. I’ll keep on writing, and drawing, taking pictures and doing what I do, and who knows? Maybe my audience will find me. Hope springs eternal. The important thing is, if you want to have hope, never give up, no matter what you do. If you stop, you can always start again.
As Winston Churchill said,
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts.”