Perception is reality.
A seemingly innocuous phrase that we've tossed around carelessly because we could.
It's a phrase that allowed us the convenience of justifying injustices; condemning when condemnation wasn't warranted, and praising when praise wasn't deserved. It's allowed us to substitute the truth because we were either resistant to it or too lazy to fact check.
As we move into the new year and closer to the inauguration, we also move closer to the threat of perception overtaking truth; more than it already has.
And what perception? A narcissistic, delusional one.
The lies and hateful language that granted the Donald this election could soon become our truths. And when these truths give a green light to racism, prejudice and misogyny, that is frankly terrifying.
No one knows what to expect, but seeing random and scary-unqualified people appointed to the highest offices in the land gives more than a pause for concern.
These are strange, strange times.
Often, I'm not sure what to do. I can rant on Facebook, volunteer at Planned Parenthood and march on Washington. But I think doing something goes deeper. I think we have to change certain fundamentals about ourselves.
We got here because of habit. We're careless because it's easy. And we rely on perception because it's easy. I'm guilty of it. Everyone is.
Dumb, thoughtless remarks come out of my mouth everyday, and I've decided that I don't want to - and can't - be like that anymore. I don't want to add more muddle to the swamp.
So I guess my 2017 resolution is to change my habits: to shut up, listen, find out the facts, and ultimately stop relying on my perception as the truth.
Habits are hard to break, so let me know how I'm doing along the way.
Happy New Year :-)