I asked my family what they wanted for the holidays and the answer across the board was ‘My Time (and Attention).’
What perfect symbolism.
Hope for the best, prepare for the worst. Who can really say if we’ve seen the worst yet? But, when they literally came for the Muslims, I was ready. All the other daily/weekly outrages that came (and are coming), it didn’t take a lot of soul searching to figure out where I stood. There are little things that annoy you that you aren’t worth getting into a fuss over, and there are hills to die on. I know I’m far from the only one where this year publicized more than one hill I was ready to sacrifice myself for, for the greater good.
Something else ironic about 2017. Life came for me years ago, really. Before any of the current world affairs craziness, I hit that psychological point of ‘Look, I’m going to have fun. I’m going to laugh. I’m going to love. I don’t need any more stress.’ (Now we call this self-care, we definitely didn’t have the term back then.) Many of you reading this know me ‘in real life.’ I don’t usually wear my stress on my sleeve, or my pain, or my insecurities. There was definitely a part of me that felt, ‘Unless the war comes to my doorstep, I might be out…’
WELCOME TO 2017!!!
Literally hours before I started writing this, I was told another of the guys who looked out for me when I was younger is passing. A part of me is heartbroken this morning, another part of me is again thankful that for the infinite number of personal and professional opportunities I’ve been given to Omorosa myself, I always stopped short when the vibe I felt was ‘This is cool right now, but long term if you want to ‘go home’, this will be a problem…’
I’m grateful for all of it. I’m grateful for all of you. God willing, we’ll meet back here in 2018.
Peace be unto you.