Salvatore Ferragamo purse
Today will mark one of the most mind boggling days of the new year so far I am sure. Today we have a new president, and for many of us, this sad but historical moment means that a lot of our futures are starting to feel uncertain. A lot that we have believed in and worked towards as individuals, as community members, as a group of human beings on this earth these past few years . . . our entire lives . . . have the potential to be uprooted and thrown off track. Who would have thought that in the year 2017, after decades of learning from history’s massive failures and milestones, all could be reversed? It’s a very scary feeling. An out of control sort of feeling. Looking back on my own personal milestones this past year, I feel lit up. It was a year so unique and so close to my heart, it’s hard to explain. It was a tough year as much as it was a very great year. A beautifully emotional one that can almost be described as life changing in a way. It was personally inspiring, and I felt like I grew tenfold as a human but still with so much to learn. And I closed out the year with an even bigger hunger to learn than ever before. And by learning, I mean by looking around me more and more. And when I look at the state of the world today, I know that we all obviously still have a lot to do. And it makes me think about how my day to day actions, however small or big that they may be, can in their own ways make a difference.
In today’s day and age, one that is overtaken by numbers and the masses, it’s easy to feel small. To feel lost. To feel like just a spec in the rat race . . . but working towards what? Working towards having a man like Trump as our president? No, I don’t think so. We may from afar seem like a bunch of tiny specs, but we each have a voice, and together that voice is as loud as can be. And with social media, it’s amplified even louder. There are people listening. And it can be only one or two people. But that’s enough to make a difference. And thinking about this makes me reflect on someone like our former president Obama. A man I have respected his entire two terms. A man of pure kindness, understanding and forward looking compassion. He is all encompassing, multi cultural and relatable, and in his words we were able to hear and see and feel parts of ourselves in him. And we still do. Because we believed in him and what he stood for. And he truly stood for us, each individual of this country and beyond. He is a reminder that we are not all just specs. We are specs that have a voice. And that voice is our strength, and its power is bigger than any president elect. However big or small our voices are individually, there is always the potential to reach and touch someone . . . to make a change here and there. Every little change, every little bit of understanding, matters. And in times like these, we have to hold onto this fact.
So I am here to make a promise to myself to try to make a difference by taking notice of my actions. The words I speak. The sentences I write. The way I exchange a smile in passing. The interest I show in new people I meet. The time I take to notice how my body really feels more often than not. How I show my unconditional love for my family and friends. The way I stop to lend a hand or ear or shoulder to lean on. It may be hard to think we can inject passion and love and energy into every little thing we do, but with just a change of mindset it’s actually much easier than you think. And even if it starts with one small change, that’s okay, too. This new year is white as snow, Trump or no Trump, and it can turn into anything we want to make it as long as we know that we have a voice. And even when you think you aren’t being heard, know that that is never reason enough to give up.