November 3rd, 2020

2020 has not been a hopeful year, nor one that has particularly cared about our plans or dreams. Despite this, a few people have reached out to me and said that I could probably write something great about hope.

You kind idiots. I disagree with that sentiment. I have been holding on to the cellar door with a pinkie, and my intense anxiety has been the storm of whose eye I am in.

But anyone reaching out, looking for hope, means that hope still objectively exists.

So, fuck it — let’s talk about hope.

There’s an solid idea out there that we are insignificant in the grand scheme of things. There is a better idea that because we are insignificant, anything we do becomes significant, just by virtue that we did it.

If that’s the barometer of measuring meaning in the universe, then this year may be one of the most significant of all.

We’ve seen millions of people adapt and adopt ways of life that we believe will save the lives of others, including people we don’t even know. We’ve seen countless march for and alongside their brothers and sisters, even if their privilege would have allowed them to stay out of the fight. We are watching record numbers of our fellow citizens vote for a country that we love and wholeheartedly believe in.

Nothing we do matters. The fact that we are doing so much, on the behalf of one another and for the love of other humans on this planet, is the most significant thing we can do with our lives.

And I guess that’s hope.

Despite how this plays out, I will still be me, and you will still be you. We will still live in our communities, and we will still be a vital part of the lives of our friends and family.

And if you’re anything like me, you will still deeply care about the people around you.

So that’s how we carry on. We look out for each other. We carry someone when they can’t carry on themselves. We fight for one another. And we remember that every human being’s singular right is the right to be.

Be insignificant. Do significant things. And never, ever lose hope. Especially when others come to you looking for it.

Published by dennisvogen

I'm me, of course. Or am I?

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