Prompt: What do you think are three things we’re going to be hearing about a lot more as 2018 rolls on?
Well, the obvious answers are Harry & Meghan’s wedding, cryptocurrencies and major weather events. But fuck obvious. Obvious is boring.
I predict 2018 is going to be the year you hear more about major scientific breakthroughs. Like, truly epic breakthroughs. Every year we make huge strides in medical science, and it doesn’t get the headlines it should. Did you know that in 2017 they had a major breakthrough in the treatment for leukaemia ? They also successfully grew organs in a petri dish to trial medicines before subjecting patients to medications that might not work. And they’ve got robots successfully performing microsurgeries that humans could never manage to do. And there was something about growing penises in the article too. #justsaying But seriously, aren’t these medical marvels far more worthy of news headlines than Harry and Meghan’s relationship? Who gives a fuck how he proposed or whether her dad is happy about the latest media-imagined drama, or which designer is going to make her dress or…. They fucking grew new skin for a boy who had lost 60% of his own and was dying from fatal sepsis. That’s fucking awesome!! Yes, let’s hear about that!! Let’s hear about the new Ebola vaccine with a 100% success rate . What about the fact that Israel can convert enough salt water into fresh drinking water for 1.5 million people ? Fuck yeah, that’s incredible! And apparently they’ve ‘recorded the sound of two distant black holes colliding a billion light years away’. Um, what the fuck? But yeah, that’s cool too. They’ve made minor breakthroughs too which mean we’re sitting right on the cusp of some really epic shit. I can’t wait to hear about it.
I predict 2018 is going to be the year you hear more about the everyday hero. People who sit at the bedsides of those who are dying without family or friends beside them. People who volunteer as fire fighters and ambulance officers. People who stand up to bullies and bigots and say ‘That’s not okay!’ People who see someone looking lost and ask ‘Can I help you?’ People who smile at strangers. People who stand for the elderly on public transport. People who tell you that your best isn’t just good enough, it’s fucking amazing and you rock. People who tell you that you made a positive difference to their day. People who remind you to dream and people who remind you to live in the moment. People who rush to offer help when you’re hurt or you’ve fallen down, literally or metaphorically. People who celebrate diversity. People who recycle. All the awesome people. Let’s hear more about them.
I predict 2018 is going to be the year we celebrate politicians who do great things. I know, we love to rag on politicians. But when they do good things, we should cheer them on. Encourage them. When they create new marine parks, sign peace treaties, work to eradicate homelessness, protect rain forests, use renewable energies, agree to stop whaling or the ivory trade, legalise equality, or… Yep, sometimes we’re all ‘about fucking time!’, but truly, we should be celebrating the politician who had the guts to stand up and say ‘Not on my watch, buster!’ The politician who worked for the people, for the land, instead of for the votes. Let’s say ‘We want more of you, and less of the wannabe celebrities who are in for the fame and glory’. Let’s hear about the ones who are doing all the right things and making a positive difference. Let’s say to the world ‘These are the guys who I’m gonna follow on social media, write blog posts about, talk about and FUCKING VOTE FOR’. Not the limelight hoggers, the ones with inflated senses of entitlement, the ones who can’t come clean with a whole truckload of industrial strength cleaner. Let’s ignore the losers and celebrate the champions. My champions, your champions, environmental champions. All of them. Let’s raise them up and say ‘More like this, please!’
That’s what I predict we’ll see in 2018. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.