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New Year’s Revolution

To change the world, begin with yourself, says Vicky Beeching.

Vicky Beeching

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 10:31:51 GMT | Updated today

As 2016 ends, many are shaking their heads in disbelief at what a bizarre year it's been politically. 


The Brexit vote followed by Donald Trump's victory has been a heady mixture, leaving many of us worried about the future. Whatever we predicted 2016 would bring, few could have guessed those two bombshells would explode; even the most-respected analysts and experts were taken aback. 


These political outcomes have hit the LGBTQ community hard. Rhetoric against minorities has become commonplace; those of us in the UK are left worrying whether our rights will be protected in post-Brexit Britain; those in the US are nervous about what a Trump presidency will bring. 


All this, combined with June's Orlando shooting at a gay nightclub, has made for a challenging six months. So as the year comes to a close and we reflect on all that's happened, Christmas is tinged with a serving of solemnity. 


In times like these, it's easy to slip into defensive mode; feeling that events are beyond our control. It can create a sense of powerlessness and make us disconnect from politics and social change. We want to hunker down, desiring comfort and safety; a form of political and emotional hibernation. 


I believe this is dangerous. Our voices and vision are needed now more than ever. So, rather than disconnecting, this is a time when we need to hope and dream. One thing is always true: we get to choose our own, individual response to the situations life throws at us. We can't choose what happens, but we do control the way we perceive, process, react and respond. And we can always be part of bringing positive change. 


On that theme, I have been thinking a lot about New Year's resolutions. Some people have an instant, negative reaction to that topic. 

"Ah, they never work!" is a common opinion. This is understandable as statistics show that the success of New Year's resolutions is pretty low. 


A YouGov survey last year reported that over a third of people had already broken their resolution by the end of January! However, the same survey noted that 63% of people had decided to make a resolution in the first place; so over half of us still believe it's a good idea to try. 


For me, there's something exciting about a new year stretching out ahead. Sure, things are far from perfect politically right now, but I see that as a challenge to work for positive change, rather than a reason to give up. 




Read more in the January issue of DIVA, on sale now at the links below. 




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