Kids, I don’t consider myself much of a clairvoyant. But as the final hours of 2018 slowly tick away, I sit here and can’t help but look ahead at the year to come. I would like to share some of my predictions for 2019 with you.
- Many people will continue to utilize Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Not to keep in touch with one another. Mostly to voice their displeasure about things that are probably out of their control. They will say mean things to each other, but will likely be scolded in the comments for not having an open mind and accepting others’ opinions.
- The President of the United States will say many things which will in one way or another inflame pockets of the US and/or world population. This will inevitably lead to more of what was predicted in the above bullet point.
- Sequels will continue to dominate the box office and, despite the fact that films such as Avengers: Endgame and Star Wars: Episode IX will bring in truckloads of cash for the Walt Disney Company, there will be many fans who will be outraged because these films will inevitably fail to meet their personal expectations or live up to the baseless speculation that they have been participating in since the previous installments were released. These unhappy fans will also take to the social media with their complaints.
- We are going to have weather. At times, it will be extreme. It will be cold. It will be hot. It will rain. It will snow. And there will be periods of drought. There will be tornadoes. There will be hurricanes. Best to start preparing now.
Those are my only real predictions for the year. I’ll come back on New Year’s Eve and see how I did.
You are going to experience good times in 2019. But, just so you know, you’re going to experience bad, as well. Because that’s life. The question is, how are you going to face those times when they come?
There is a lot of negativity in this world. If you don’t believe me, just turn on the news or scroll down Facebook for any length of time. The cynic in me believes that it’s only going to get worse. Not that it’s only going to get worse before it gets better. No, the cynic in me doesn’t believe there’s a “better” to come in this world. But the optimist in me wants to believe that it all boils down to how you view things.
When tragedy strikes, don’t look for all of the bad that’s come about. Do as Fred Rogers’ mother suggested and “look for the helpers.” Then take it a step further by not simply looking for the helpers, but becoming a helper yourself.
When people make statements that you disagree with, don’t attack them on social media. Reach out to them and make an effort to understand their point of view without having an agenda of your own. Those people might just surprise you and give you a chance to help them understand your point of view. No one ever changed the world by dismissing opposing opinions as simply ignorant.
This isn’t meant to be a rant against social media. In fact, there’s a lot of good to be found out there: communication with long lost friends and far away family, memes that perfectly sum up how we feel about the fact that it’s only Tuesday, cat videos. But it’s hard to ignore the conundrum that it’s become. We have this tendency to reveal the ugliest sides of ourselves while simultaneously posting selfies using filters which make us look flawless.
Sidebar: Can we tone it down on those selfie filters? We’re reaching a point where they make people unrecognizable. And I’m not talking about the ones that add cat faces or fake glasses. I’m talking about the ones that remove ten years from your image. You’re aging. Embrace it. You’re beautiful anyway. #NoFilter
This year will be exactly what you make of it. So make it a good one.
Happy New Year, kids!