… and suddenly, Yule is in about three months more. The year has moved very quickly, the world seems to have wrapped itself in pretzels of pain and sorrow. As a writer and an educator, I find it more than ever to stand firm on my beliefs of love, compassion, kindness and tolerance. At the same time, I have to stand firm on my own beliefs and not be swayed by partisan politics, be it in the sff-sphere or the larger community. If you are not in a group, you are suddenly “not one of us”. We tell our kids not to get sucked in by kindergarten/high school mentality, but yet we adults sometimes end up falling into this trap. We tell our kids not to become petty and sink down to the levels of their bullies or in-group nonsense, but yet we end up stuck in the same mire. We play the silly games the kids and teenagers do and wrap ourselves in pretzels of pain and sorrow too.
As a writer and an educator, I always keep it a point to practice what I preach. Walk the talk, be honest, be kind, be true to self.
When 2017 rolls in, about four months time, let’s remember that our kids look to us for role models. What kind of world do you want to live in?