Author's selfieToday’s the big day! I received an email this morning in which the sender expressed depression over “tomorrow.” It took me a moment to realize that “tomorrow” was actually “today.” And that the sentiment had to do with the inauguration of the new President. I wrote back with this:

It took me a couple seconds before I realized that ‘tomorrow’ was today, with the inauguration of He Who Shall Not Be Named. It feels a bit like that, as if the whole wizarding world lost their collective minds. Not just those who voted for Him, but those who couldn’t be bothered to vote, and the those that wanted Umbridge instead of Him and couldn’t understand why we wanted Dumbledore instead.

Grief and elections go hand-in-hand. No matter who gets elected there are those unhappy about the outcome. This election bothered me more than any previous election—on both sides of the political battle. Both parties acted badly in many ways, but nothing compares to the sort of negative, hateful, racist, and anti-intellectual views that we’ve seen in this election. There are real issues to tackle.

Happy Days Ahead

I’ve been depressed and I didn’t much care for it. I didn’t realize it for a long time, not until it got worse, and not until I finally sought out help. I’m happy now. Happier than I’ve been in many years.

Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth

This year I’m looking forward…

  • …to have fun and spending time with my family.
  • …to watching my son grow and develop.
  • …to write exciting, challenging, and interesting stories.
  • …to practicing drawing and painting.
  • …to learning, studying, and exploring.
  • …to completing my MLIS degree.
  • …to helping people and finding ways to make a difference.
  • …to dark chocolate covered apricots.
  • …to lower cholesterol.
  • …to writing code and developing new websites and apps.
  • …to reading books and stories.
  • …to watching movies and TV shows.
  • …to playing board games and video games.
  • …to beginning my massive reboot project.
  • …to napping in the hammock.
  • …and to finding ways to combat (and to help others combat) the darkness and depression in the world.

Is happiness transitory? Perhaps. I believe we need kindness, that happiness arises from being kind to others and in being kind to ourselves. In mindfulness. In peace. In the challenges that we face and overcome.

What do you look forward to in 2017?