A most unforgiving year

We have reached a new level of absurdity this year. And it’s not just in politics, though that’s what has been on everyone’s mind since the election. We’re all experiencing post traumatic stress (PTS) brought upon by the biggest upset during a presidential race. However, let’s not dwell on the past – even though that’s what the media in general does best. We’ve been re-living election day for the past 12 months, and it’s time to move on people. The first step of healing is acceptance, so that we can forge a new path forward.

So let’s dive into a few topics that defined this year, and we’ll skip on the political circus – we’ve had our fair share on that topic already. One of the most troubling has been climate change, and specifically the magnitude of destruction caused by hurricanes in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and numerous islands in the Caribbean. The damage and despair caused by hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria has impacted the lives of many people. The recovery process has been slow, and residents in Puerto Rico are still coping with the fact that power hasn’t been fully restored to the entire island.

The #MeToo movement has purged the cesspool that we call Hollywood. Harvey Weinstein has become the poster child for bad behavior, but the problem is rampant in all industries. Many prominent men have been accused of sexual misconduct and assault – Kevin Spacey, Senator Al
Franken, and Matt Lauer to name a few. All these men have seen their lives destroyed by these accusations, and so have the accusers – no one seems to be escaping unscathed from these allegations. And it’s not just women that have been victimized, men too have come forward to share their stories, so it’s an issue that effects everyone from all walks of life.

In all, we have gone through a lot this year, but we shouldn’t end on a bad note. At least we all got to see something special – the first continent-crossing total solar eclipse in 99 years happened this summer. A stunning display that most people had never seen, and likely not see again in their lifetime. On that day the moon crossed in front of the sun and cast a dark, moving shadow on North America. So at least we have that going for us.

 

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