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R.I.C.H.

Regarding the new year...

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As you all know, 2016 is coming to a close.  2017 will begin, and we'll all wish each other a happy new year, like we did previous years.  The question here is, How will we know 2017 will be a great year? When 2016 arrived, we all wished each other a happy new year.  To many, it wasn't really as happy overall, as we all had hoped for.  A lot of people are waiting for 2017 to arrive, only because they think it'll put an end to the coming of such atrocities.  Throughout 2016, we had people divide each other because of politics, discrimination against other groups, and even in less serious issues like sports rivalries, drama within certain fandoms (like the shenanigans that happened in the Ghostbusters fandom), drama towards other fandoms, etc.  We also had the Pulse Nightclub massacre, acts of terror in Europe, many people dying, whether they'd be celebrities, or people we knew personally, and several other awful things that had happened. Back to the question I asked earlier, How will we know that 2017 will be a great year?  The only way to find out is to live through the year.  I'm not saying 2017 will be a bad year.  I'm not making judgment on the upcoming year, because I won't know what it'll be like until we go through it.  (I have predictions on what 2017 will bring, both for myself, and for everyone else, that I could post here, but I just want to stay on this topic about why its up to us to make 2017 a great year.)  My point is, a new year does not automatically mean a better year.  It would be naive to believe everything will get better on its own once a new year begins. I want 2017 to be a great year just as much as everyone else wants it to be.  However, if you want 2017 to become a better year, it's up to US to make 2017 a better year.  2017 isn't going to define itself.  WE will define 2017.  We CAN make this a better year.  I don't expect 2017 to be perfect, but coming together and helping each other, as well as helping ourselves, doing things to make this year better, instead of waiting for things to get better on their own, or just asking for stuff that you want, or saying "This needs to get better", without doing anything to help it become better, will make 2017 a great year. For 2017 and the years beyond, I not only wish everyone a happy new year, but I also urge people to MAKE these years happy!

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I agree with you RICH! 

I try to make my very little corner of the world better. I usually get mixed results, but it doesn't stop me from trying. I can control some things like volunteering or donating to charity, giving blood and participating in some professional societies. That is why I sometimes disappear for a while from the forums.  

I encourage others to pick activities that they like and can support.

I have hope for the new year, but I am cautiously optimistic.

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Exactly!

Whether it's trying to help out at home, at my job, at a charity, etc, at least effort would be made into making things better when helping.  I don't think the world's perfect, or would ever be perfect, but that doesn't mean we have to be miserable all the time.  We can still be happy and live through great times.  However, it's up to us to make our own and each others lives better.

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