I was not unhappy to see 2010 go the way of all things--in the past! But I have to be fair. Much good happened this year. My blog exists because I want to get out of the darkness and closer to the light. I won't pretend to be an expert, but I believe many of us share that same wish. So let's look at the darkness and light of 2010--some of these are personal, but others affect us all.
Unemployment is high, and it isn't getting better. Some people discovered their bliss.
A few friends turned out to be vindictive assholes. New friendships appeared; others remained.
Stress-related illnesses increased exponentially. Illness teaches us to improve our lives.
Young people are more narcissistic than ever. They realize it, and want to change.
Attacks on Muslims in NY disgusted the world. America is getting a clue.
Republicans used fear to win elections. Dems are starting to get a clue.
Many Bible thumping Christians are filled with hate. People still want God in their lives.
Young gays responded to harassment with suicide. Homophobes are being "outed".
BP killed wildlife and polluted our oceans. People want to decrease oil dependency.
Pop music is dreadful. Sade came out with a record. Lady Gaga exists.
More people than ever are suffering from depression. The stigma is lessening.
24 was canceled. We still have Glee and House.
2011 will be pivotal for many people. The recession has taught us that some people will support you through difficulties; others only care about themselves. The facades of love are getting stripped away. We crave for something to believe--something that won't turn on us. If the search is genuine, then people will find what they need.
Here in America, we all need to grow up and get over our entitlement issues. We need to realize that we don't control reality; we aren't the boss of everyone else. Rome was much grander than the United States (okay, they didn't have nuclear weapons) ,and they went down after a thousand years. Sometimes darkness and despair are the only way to find the light. I know I'll be looking.