2017 is wrapping up shortly
and I think it’s appropriate to
recognize it for what it truly was;
The Most Human of Years.
I believe 2017 was the most human
of years simply because it reflected
what is the most common and universal
trait of all humans, our capacity to
2017 was filled with so many
Oops-a-daisies and whoops-a-doodles,
it’s amazing we made it to the end.
From baffling election results to even
more baffling election results; our all too
human flaws were showing.
I feel 2017 was a raw nerve, finally exposed,
and we were doing everything we could
to keep people from poking at it. Sometimes,
we didn’t do it right and wound up just making
a grand mess of things. Or just lied about it.
2017 was filled with backtracking, corrections,
re-evaluations, tactical reversals, contrarian
explanations, and general outrages over the lack
of outrage. The human year, was a jumble of
emotions and thoughts, all running around
like kids at recess, screaming and shouting.
If 2017 were to have an image to represent
it, I would have to choose a giant finger pointing
at, “the other guy”. It would seem the most reasonable
since we attempted to deflect any mistakes onto,
“the other guy”, for the majority of the year.
It is my hope that 2018 is The Year We Learn
From Our Mistakes. I know that the pessimism of
2017 will mark the first part of 2018, as the old year
can leave quite a bruise. Yet I remain hopeful in the face
of our collective humanity that we’ll do better, be better,
and rise above our common frailties.
Here’s to a New Year and the human capacity
to find hope in the darkest of places, valor against
the most difficult challenges and recognize the
humanity in our humanness.