A Start to the New Year

A Start to the New Year

At the start of each year, it is customary to set goals for the coming months. This year, I have decided to make a more concerted effort to blog regularly about anything and everything that is going on in the world in general as well as in my life. Last year, I graduated college, had an amazing summer job with Duke TIP, and moved to the United Kingdom to start graduate school, so it was an eventful year to say the least. This year will likely be even greater. I will be traveling more on weekends while in the UK, writing my Master’s dissertation, finishing my Master’s degree, working for Duke TIP again, and hopefully in the fall I will be moving to Spain to spend 10 months teaching English. Outside of my personal world, this year brings the 2016 US Presidential Election, the Summer Olympics in Brazil, and the continuation of the refugee crisis in the middle east, all of which I will try to address at some point.

But, for this first post of the new year, I want to set some goals for the general population. These are the resolutions I think we, as the human race, should all be working towards regardless of our personal situations.

1. Be less shitty to other people
Between rising racial tensions in the US as a result of the string of police related shootings, the polarization of the American Presidential primaries and the international animosity towards Syrian Refugees, 2015 saw a massive increase in the amount of shitty comments towards other people. STOP. Before you open your mouth, think about whether or not your comments will do anything positive at all and when the answer is NO then don’t open your mouth. Yelling at people on social media because they disagree with you accomplishes nothing.

2. Stop making hasty generalizations
Just because Donald Trump is running on the republican ticket, doesn’t mean all republicans are hateful unintelligent bigots, just because one of the Paris bombers had (fake) Syrian papers does not mean all(or even any) Syrian refugees want to commit heinous acts of terrorism, and the list goes on. DO NOT generalize people. We are all different for a reason and those differences are important. Stereotypes do nothing to help resolve problems so just STAHP.

3. Learn something new.
Literally anything new. You can go all out an learn a new language, go back to school, or train to be a yoga instructor, or you could simply decide to educate yourself before voting in your next local election. Being open to learning new things can help you grow as a person and can make the world a better place.

4. Set goalsĀ 
Even if its something simple like finishing that book you started months ago or drinking more water, set some goals and work towards them. You could go the typical “New Year, New Me” route and try to lose weight, or you could make a goal to volunteer more, or even simply set the goal to be nicer to strangers. Set some sort of goal and try to achieve it.

5. Care about the right things.
Rather than getting in a fight with some stranger on social media over whether or not Trump’s hair is real or which member of One Direction is the cutest, try to care more about global suffering, climate change, or animal welfare.Try to focus your energy on things that matter in the long run.

Not everyone will agree with me that these are the resolutions that world should be focused on but these are the ways I think the world can improve.

From one misguided millennial to the world, this is what I have to say.

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