This has been a fucking exhausting year, and one that has seen an unusual amount of change, both locally and globally. Looking back on a year ago, I felt so bleak and desperate, and I'm glad to say that level of feeling has shifted to something that feels more sustainable. But there's still a lot of bleakness and desperation in the world, and it all sure feels turned up right now.
So, I'm thankful for the people who are shining lights in these times. I'm grateful for the victims and survivors of abuse and harassment who are finding the incredible courage to speak out against their abusers. I'm grateful for the activists who are working against the systems of oppression in our society. I'm grateful for the people who find ways to bring greater kindness to their days and to build their capacity to see others' humanity. I'm grateful for people who make others smile and laugh, even in dark times. I'm grateful for the people who fuck up and then get up and aim to do better next time.