As a blogger, visual content, and storyteller, you have the platform to inspire and motivate others. The impact of a blogger is far more effective as ever. Bloggers are most than just posing for a selfie. Bloggers are influencers.
Amidst the political, social, and cultural differences we have experienced this year, we still have the opportunity to come together and study all sides. Embrace our differences. We can have healthy debates on differences while understanding each other. Remember that you're not alone. There is always someone else experiencing your same sentiments.
Hope, joy, and prosperity are attributes we all want to experience. There is no shame in 'making it to the top.' However at what cost? We come from various economic backgrounds and strive for a better future. Would you rather see a stronger union for all then a divisive community? Break down the barriers of those stepping on others for the sake of elevating their success. Speak on behalf of those who may not have the voice to be heard. Speak on behalf of those who have been living in oppression and want nothing but to be heard. With differences, comes knowledge which can result in compassion.
As we move into 2017, take the time to reflect and reach impactful strides. What type of causes gets you to spark action? Next year and all the years following is the time to act on compassion. It's a chance for bloggers to banish negativity and exude hope.
Wishing you all a healthy and positive new year!
By Maritza Diaz