2008. A group of us pull an idea out of our ass and declare 2008 to be the year of the negro. We say it for a few months just because it sounds funny to us..."2008. The Year of the Negro." It has a silly ring to it. But the more we say it, the more it becomes a thing; it becomes something tangible. So we start paying attention to what is happening to and for black people. 2008: Barack Obama becomes the 44th President of the United States. Holy shit! We made this happen, somehow!
2009. We're riding our high from last year and decide to make this a thing. Who is going to get our focus this year? Who is going to benefit from our silly predictions? We pick the LGBT community. Coming off a stinging 2008 with the passage of Proposition 8 in California, we feel that we can do some good for our gay friends. So we declare, "2009. The Year of the Homosexual." See how we capitalized that? Showing reverence. But as we kept an eye on LGBT rights during the year, some really great things happened: Same-sex marriage is allowed in Norway, Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir becomes prime minister of Iceland (the first openly gay head of government in the world), Argentina and the Philippines ends their ban on gays in the military, and arguments begin being heard on the validity of Proposition 8. Not bad, right? So far, this these predictions are starting to take shape. And you can thank us for it. Go 'head, thank us. We'll wait.
2010. We immediately declare, "2010. The Year of Man." We're all over these predictions. After all, we're hot shit from last year. Now, this isn't a focus on gender. We mean it as to say "manning up" and being tough. Things are pretty bad. The economy took a dookie on most of us and it seems that things are tough all over. So we push the idea of fighting through this...to man up and make the changes necessary to survive. To do this, we had to prioritize between what we wanted and what we needed. Not an easy task once you get down to it. But me and my family made the changes, got rid of what we didn't need, and trimmed the fat. Due to this, I'm happy to say, we bought our first house at the end of this year. Great rewards for manning up.
So what is in store for 2011? I've given this a lot of thought. In light of the seemingly perpetual "outrage" that is seen on the news, on the internet, and coming from the mouths of our friends and neighbors, this year it's being declared...2010. The Year of Grownup. That's right. It's time for us to calm down, take a minute before overreacting to information, and just be grownups about everything.
So, it's been declared. I've got a feeling that if we can be grownups about everything, it'll be a better year for everyone. So the next time you feel like you're about to yell or preach about a topic ask yourself, "Am I being a grownup?" If you answer 'no'...go to your room without supper until you're ready to be mature.