Saturday, January 1, 2011

Report - 1-1-11

            Let’s not beat around the bush: 2010 was a ridiculous year.

            I really wish it could have been different, I do. Like you, I wanted a 2010 where things were better. I wished, dearly, for the devastating earthquakes that hit Haiti and Chile to instead appear underneath the houses of Kim Jong-Il and Mahmoud Amadinejad and nowhere else. I wished, desperately and hopelessly, for Brian Wood to miraculously come back to life so he could watch his child grow up, and for Kesha Rose Sebert to get eaten by a shark made entirely out of knives. I prayed for an end to all the epidemics, senseless violence, and other such nightmares that plague our minds in our darkest hours.

            Then there was the rubbish that happened to my home city, from the G20 fiasco – otherwise known as ‘Baby’s First Riot’ – to our electing of a mayor who is racist, homophobic, and an otherwise awful human being. Oh, Toronto, I just can't take you anywhere, can I?

            Finally, on a much smaller level, there was all the crap that happened to you and me. Speaking of my own experiences, I’ve been berated for honesty and compassion, found myself unable to find a stable job, and a good friend of mine checked herself into the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health because she had a nervous breakdown that nearly pushed her to death.

            Some of you probably had it worse than me. Some of you may know someone forced to raise a child alone, attempted suicide, lost a limb, lost a loved one.

            You know what all of this sounds like?

            Every year that has ever passed, and every year that ever will.

            Time goes in cycles, and luck moves in waves. There will always be moments of weakness and moments of strength. As life progresses, we will be uplifted by forces around us as often as we will be beaten down by them.

            Notice how I didn’t talk about any of the good that passed by this year. Consider the scientific achievements in the field of stem cell research, WikiLeaks revealing the back-door dealings of many important figures figures, or the cinematic wonders of The King’s Speech, The Secrets in their Eyes, and even Kick-Ass.

            We’re a strange species; we focus so much on what’s going wrong in our lives that we forget to see the good. Even in some of the horrible things I listed, there is some good in them. We banded together as best we could during the Haiti and G20 incidents, the aforementioned Brian Wood sacrificed himself so that his wife and child could live, and my friend pulled herself from the mud before she could do any real damage to herself.

            If you’re going to make any kind of resolution for this year, let it be this one:

            Get out there and live.

            Don’t wallow in the negative as it will only drag you down. Whatever personal torments and existential worries you are suffering through are a part of life. This is easier said than done, but the sooner you and I face the crap head-on and deal with it, the happier we’ll be later on.

            The future is going to be filled with dark days as well as bright ones. Be prepared for both.

            Don’t let it bring you down; it’s only castles burning.

            Good luck. We’re going to need it.

EDIT: I just realized I forgot to include links for the good(-ish) things of this year. See what I mean?

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