A new year is upon us, I wanted to begin 2018 with a short piece that is a bit more philosophical. I thought about the message that I would want to send to both America and the entire world. My message is that 2018 should be a year of activity and empathy.

Activity can lead to positive change and personal happiness. I hope that in 2018 people try to at a minimum get some physical movement every day. I hope that 2018 is the year when people try to learn something new. I hope that people across the world make 2018 a year of, even in small ways, getting involved in their community, country, or region. A personal goal and hope that I have for the whole world is that 2018 is a year of positive mental and physical activity, whether that manifests as going to the gym, education, involvement in your community or anything else in your life.

We need more empathy. One of my wishes for 2018 is that all across the world, including here in America, people are cool to each other as a starting point in interactions. On a larger scale, I hope that 2018 is a year of more understanding between groups of people. Empathy does not mean ignoring safety. Empathy means that everyone should try to, as the cliché goes, walk a mile in someone else’s shoes. I worry that the world is swinging towards a trend of more isolation and polarization. I want everyone to at least try to be empathetic without comprising safety.

My large-scale philosophical hopes for 2018 are more positive action and empathy across the world.

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