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2017: Fighting True America

2017 December 31
by Stanley Quan

If my 2016 was mostly a work roller coaster, my 2017 was a societal roller coaster.

America as I knew it was turned upside down.

The election of Trump and the racist rallies that followed were such a defining statement by American society, and it wasn’t a nice one. These, along with the scores of sexual harassment revelations and the #metoo campaign, made 2017 a fight between good and evil.

The events of this year showed that racism, sexism, xenophobia, and bigotry were alive and strong. They were just hidden, until emboldened. This is the true America, and sadly it took this shitstorm for me to see it clearly.

I had been optimistic and hopeful. This made me angry and disgusted.

It caused me to question my choice of friends, the people I worked with, everyone around me.

But sit down I did not.

This was a fight that I wasn’t going to sit out. This was a fight for the present and future, a fight for what’s right.

I argued. I marched. I crocheted pink pussy hats. I donated to my first political campaign. I supported others who kneeled for change.

We, as a nation, can be so much better.

Outside of this fight, I also spent a lot of the year in the air – 121 flights to be exact.

I was “traveling” 228 days this year.

My consulting job took me down to LA every week, and I also got to visit Kansas City, Nashville, Madison (3x), England, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines,  New York City, Burt Lake, Door County, and Seattle.

Looking toward the new year, believe it or not, I want to travel more. I want to go on more adventures and explore new lands.

There’s just something about seeing new places and experiencing new things. It’s inspiring and exciting and invigorating. Let’s go!

One Response
  1. Ryan permalink
    December 31, 2017

    Go Stanley go!

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