This year is a bit different. I have plans for the year, plans to help people build confidence, find the path to self-love, and help themselves and each other.
I have come to this because I have learned that the thing I love most in the world is meeting and connecting with new people. I have never been happier than when I was riding the train between cities, meeting and talking with people, and telling them that there is hope and that they can be part of it, if they allow themselves.
When I am truly happy and feel good about myself, there is nothing I can't do. It has nothing to do with wealth or fame, it has everything to do with my ability to connect on a basic level with other humans.
This is how I conserve. This is how I make it over the long haul. I give myself the freedom to be vulnerable, and I allow myself the adventure of opening up to other people and experiences. This next year I believe we will all be asked to be more. We will be asked to be strong, have integrity, and stick up for ourselves and each other.
Will you be ready? Will you be able to go out of your way, make sacrifices and take a stand for justice? For people? Dig deep and ask yourself now, because the time is coming. We will all be asked to make choices, as we have been for most of our lives, but these choices are going to determine which way the world will go, and I hope we all have the strength to do the hard thing.
In the end, the hard choice will lead us to the greatest joy, the greatest love, and the greatest hope.
Know who you are, what you value, what brings you joy, and what makes the day better for you. Fill your days with that, and then choose accordingly. Choose with your heart, with your guts, with your hope. Not with your fear. Not with your need for security, but with your desire for freedom.
Conservation of our energy is vital in a time where the word ban at the CDC includes "vulnerable," "fetus," "transgender," and "science-based." So in these last few days of 2017, prepare yourself. Be kind to yourself. Meet strangers and show them kindness. And get ready, because 2018 can be the turning of the tide. It will be the year in which we all stand for ourselves and each other.