Life is not about you — and 2017 is here to show you that.

Everywhere around the internet you can find people complaining. With a new president in office, political posts flood our news feeds and new policies are being put into place within the first week, just like he said they would.

“Can’t we just go back to puppy videos and the Kardashian’s?”

No. No, we can’t. Because those are the kinds of the distractions we need to be woken up from.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge advocate for a cute puppy video to cheer me up and make me feel good. But that’s all it does — make you feel good. It doesn’t make you question, or consider, or grow. Thus, a distraction from the real issues currently festering our world.

2017 will be the year where darkness is exposed.

What does this mean, exactly? It means that a lot of bad stuff is going to have to be discussed in order to move forward. So, put your big-boy pants on (are we allowed to say that anymore *sigh* — I hope you get my point) and get ready for some tough conversations, because your views will be tested at some point, and you’ll have to choose something to stand for.

If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.

We all need to stop having our feelings hurt so easily and set our pride aside in order to move forward.

But it really starts with accepting the sure fact:

It’s not about you.

If we could just see the world at a glance, slightly further distance than our own world view, things might make a little more sense.

Being empathetic is a skill. To really see a situation through eyes that are affected differently than your own. It’s something 2017 will test you to be.

Where darkness is exposed, light goes.

With the fact that we will get the ball rolling on issues that have remained complacent for too long, new possibilities will arise. New opportunities will advance. And change will grow.

So don’t be fearful, be hopeful.

2017 is a time to be hopeful.

There’s no turning back time, so stop looking back. No matter what was said or done in the past, this is our golden opportunity to go shining forward.

Don’t get caught up in the distractions that have shackled us for so long. Discover what makes you tick and strive to define your purpose. We all have a reason to be here, but it’s not just to enjoy ourselves.