My Wishes for 2015
You already know that my goal for 2015 is to get a true writing job and to sell one of my finished novels to a publisher. Same goals, different year. (I haven’t heard back yet about the job–I promise I will make a special blog report if I get it.)
I’m conscious of the goals within my circle of influence, and I intend to make them happen. What is harder for me is reaching out into my circle of concern, especially since I reach more people each day with this blog, but all I see are numbers, and no real change.
So, for 2015, I would like to make the following wishes:
* I wish that marriage equality for all genders and gender assignments would be legal in all 50 states, and in all countries in the world. I wish that ENDA would become reality in the United States, and that laws like Leelah’s Law would end conversion therapy. Let people be who they are, without hate, and without bullying, or worse. (Have you seen the documentary on Russian anti-gay practices? It’s horrifying. I usually stick to killing Locusts, but these people…I want to send Liam Neeson to Russia.)
* I wish that charities would be charitable to all people. If you’re really as Christian as you say, you wouldn’t limit those who receive help based on whether they are gay, or transgender, or drug addicts, or HIV positive. It should be based on those who need help. “Whatsoever you do to the least of my people…” Yeah. I hope Jesus kicks you in the ass.
* I wish that people would be kinder to each other. Period. Stop playing the Michael Jordan “boxers or briefs” game at work. Stop being catty or rude when you overhear part of a conversation you don’t understand. Stop judging people based on what you hear about them, or their appearance. Start talking to people to find out who they really are. (I’m going to do this, too.)
* On a more selfish level, I wish that shopping for clothes would be as easy as entering your size, your wash/iron requirements (tumble dry low, no ironing), and the price you want to pay. One website that web-crawls through all the clothing websites out there and finds the clothes for you, and then you pick the styles you like. So much better than going to site after site after site trying to find something cute and finding only that they don’t make cute clothes in your size and price range.
* I wish that I didn’t have so many wishes outside my circle of influence. I wish I didn’t have so damn many passions, or worries, or shortcomings. So instead, I’m going share my wish for you.
(It’s country. Don’t click if it’s not your thing. It’s not my thing either, but I like this band.)
May you find love this year. If you’ve already found it, may it grow in a way that makes you better people for being together. Most of all, may you find love and peace within yourself. You are awesome. Don’t let anyone tell you different.
May you find financial peace this year. Start a savings plan. Watch Confessions of a Shopoholic. Anything that puts you in the right frame of mind to be frugal to meet your goals: house, car, vacation, kids, video games or other software, whatever you want.
May you be a better person each day than you were yesterday. Shed the walls you’ve built to protect you from the assholes of society. So what if they see you for who you really are? They can’t hurt you. They can only hurt themselves by wishing they were more like you.
Finally, may you be the change you wish to see in the world. Gandhi’s quote is still one of the most powerful influences in my life. It’s so simple, and yet, so powerful.
Thanks for reading in 2014, and may you continue to read in 2015. Together, we can change the world.