Here is to those who keep trying; the ones who have lost but continue on. Here is to the ones in constant pain of one kind or another who refuse to throw in the towel. Here is to the people who don’t believe the social media memes that consistently seem to say if a relationship went bad that you are broken. Here is to the people who are happy with themselves but strive to be a better version of themselves than they were the previous day. Here is to the sick who continue to fight. Here is to the people who still give a fuck, despite being told not to in order to protect themselves. Here is to the lonely who still believe that they will find someone worthy to spend their time with. Here is to the friendless who still smile at people and say hi to strangers. Here is to all of those who have been abused but refuse to abuse others. Here is to all of the manipulated who reached deep-down to realize they were more than the person manipulating them made them out to be. Here is to the single parents who put their kids first, sometimes at the expense of their own happiness. Here is to the tired workers who continue to do their job to the best of their abilities despite being treated as nothing more than expendable cattle by those in the board room. Here is to all of the people who continue to welcome those who may be different or disadvantaged into their communities. Here is to the people who continue to show up to the polls despite being forced to choose between two evils for too long. Here is to all of those on any dating site, meetup site, or any other social site who try to make connections in a world that devalues them. Here is to those who are unafraid to truly open up to people, knowing the risks involved. Here is to everyone who tries to speak out and stop injustice in a world full of it. Here is to the people who love. Here is to the people who get out of bed each day and try as hard as they can to find something colorful in a sea of grey. Here is to the people who do their best to reject fear, knowing how powerful and destructive it can be. Here is to the people who do not settle. Here is to the dreamers, who have kept going in spite of overwhelming criticism and predictions of failure. Here is to the peaceful, who still believe that a flower can be more powerful than a gun. Here is to the individuals, who realize how boring uniformity can be. Here is to the outcasts, who may not have the social skills to fit in, but still have the heart. Here is to the popular, who reach out to include the outcasts, risking their own popularity. Here is to the mentally ill, who keep going to therapy as hard as it may be so that they can heal. Here is to the people with terminal illness, who try to squeeze every drop of life out of the time they have remaining. Here is to the people fighting against long odds for a good cause. Here is to the people who understand and live with empathy. Here is to the people ridiculed for their belief that there is more to life than keeping up with the media whores. Here is to the writers, that attempt to entertain, inspire, educate, or enlighten people with words that they have no choice but to throw onto an empty page. Here is to the readers, that continue to live under the belief that reading is important and can be fun. Here is to all the people who try to make someone else’s day a little brighter. Here is to all the people who give compassion without expectation.
You all are my people. May this next year be our year. May we turn the tide toward a caring, learning, growing society. May we win against those who believe “I’ve got mine and that’s all that matters.”
So raise your coffee, tea, wine, beer, soda, water, milk, etc… and join me in this toast.
Here’s to you!