A Good Name - pt 21
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woohooligan Jan 20, 2017
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Do you think it's too "on the nose" that I'm publishing this page on the day of Trump's inauguration?

Speaking of that, I know a lot of us are very stressed out right now and we have plenty of reasons to be. I however still have a lot of hope, despite the fact that the next few years will be very difficult. On my bookshelf at home is a title I read a few years ago called the Survivor's Club. It's an interesting read, even if it's not easy to apply much of it to your day-to-day life. One of the finer points of this book is that it's one of the few places where you'll find any discussion of posttraumatic GROWTH. Yes, we've all heard stories of soldiers coming back from war with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but how many times have you heard anyone mention posttraumatic growth? None? That's interesting, because posttraumatic growth is actually far MORE common than PTSD!

It all has to do with the way we deal with misfortune. I think it's fair to say that Tiffany and I experienced more than a normal share of misfortune in 2016, between losing a car, having to move my mother across country to stay with us, etc. And when I noticed around my birthday in November that I had only achieved 4% of my goal of being self-sustaining, I experienced the first real depression I'd had in many years. It would have been real easy at that point to just give up and let the depression take me, but I didn't. I continued to fight, to try and learn what I could from those challenges, and out of that struggle, I believe I'm becoming a better person. That's posttraumatic growth: making those blows become the fire that forges us. And with Trump entering office, you shouldn't give up either. We need you.

So what can we learn from a super-horrible 2016? A fair amount. For one, we need to get congress to renew the voting rights act the supreme court gutted a few years ago. Also we need to eliminate gerrymandering and the electoral college so that EVERY state becomes a swing state, the way they should be. For that latter part, check out the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. Tiffany and I also learned some things personally, and you can read about those in our 2016 Year in Review where Tiffany and I highlight both our setbacks and our triumphs over the past year. When I looked back on it myself, I realized that 2016 was actually a really awesome year! I made a lot of really cool things this year! :D

I'm looking forward to an awesome 2017. I hope you'll join us!

Sam

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