Another year has come and gone, and while 2017 held successes, mountaintop moments and feats both in our country and around the world, I would be lying if I said there were no dark moments.
If you are like me, you may have become discouraged and even crushed at times when watching the news or reading the headlines in 2017. I was brokenhearted while reading of hundreds of people exploited, countries drowning in starvation and families torn too soon from loved ones.
So much evil happened in 2017.
Every year is bound to hold moments we would rather not remember, but in light of a new year let’s look toward the opportunities 2018 holds instead. In hopes 2018 brings more light than dark, here are my wishes for this new year.
1. Human trafficking reaches its end.
This disgusting trade has gone on for far too long, robbing the innocence of millions of children and adults worldwide, including the U.S. Since 2007, the National Human Trafficking Hotline has received reports of over 22,191 sex trafficking cases in the U.S. alone. Globally, there are 4.5 million people estimated to be trapped in forced sexual exploitation. My biggest wish is to see these lives restored and prevent others from being forced into a life of slavery.
2. Sexual harassment, assault and inequality is eliminated––especially in the workplace.
2017 brought these issues to the forefront of our minds as giant spotlights shone on several men in positions of authority across the U.S. who grossly misused their power. As a country, let’s focus on being committed to holding all of our workplaces accountable in 2018 for our fellow coworkers, male or female.
3. Korea avoids war.
The chances of a war are just as real as they are frightening. Here’s to hoping in 2018 the Trump administration will keep their cool, set the right policies and keep our country safe.
4. Every child finds a home.
Throughout our country and across the world, millions of children remain without parents or a loving home. In the U.S., some of these children end up in the foster care system. However, for many others globally, they live in slums, orphanages or are forced to fend for themselves. Every year, more than 23,000 children age out of the foster care system, leaving them without a place to call home. As of 2013, 17.7 million children lost either one or both of their parents to AIDS. It’s time to step up.
5. The world continues to get better.
Surprisingly, 2017 was announced as the best year in history on terms of the well-being of humanity. Individuals are living longer, better and more freely than ever before. We still have a long way to go, but 2018 is expected to hold medical advancements for polio, famine and vaccines internationally.
Whether you loved 2017 or could not wait for the 31st to come, a new year has taken center stage. This is a broken world, but we have the opportunity to provide healing and restoration. Cheers to 2018 and all the things to come. Let’s make it a year to remember.