2015: The Year of Many F*Cks
I know girls that spill apologies out of their mouths like they swipe left on tinder profiles. Sorry for bumping into you on the sidewalk. Sorry for using the restroom during class. Sorry for asking a stupid question. Sorry for taking the last slice of pizza. As far as I’m concerned, the only thing you’re allowed to be sorry for is “not being sorry” and declaring it on social media.
It seems to me that 2015 is actually the year of not being sorry. Not long after the ball dropped on New Years Eve the masses took to social media to announce that they will not be making resolutions this year. Instead of the typical “New Year, New Me” resolve, many declared resoundingly that they liked their 2014 selves just fine. Inadvertently in doing so, these trendsetters of the new year made the most significant resolution of all: to live without fear.
This sense of fearlessness could not come at a better time. Although 2015 may be a year of fearlessness, it’s definitely not a year without fucks. I frankly have plenty of fucks to give and, in light of recent events, I’m sure you do too.
Over the past week, in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo attacks, the hashtag #JeSuisCharlie has become one of the most popular hashtags in twitter history. As powerless as I feel writing this blog post in the comfort of my warm, seemingly safe home on a Friday night eating fettuccine alfredo, I can’t help but feel a glimmer of hope. The image above is titled “Solidarité”, and that is exactly what we find in a hashtag during times of despair. A simple hashtag can bring a community together, it can educate the masses, it continuously drives real action. We saw it over and over again in 2014 with the #IceBucketChallenge,#BringBackOurGirls, #ICantBreathe, #BlackLivesMatter, #YesAllWomen. Hashtags have the power to empower words and inspire action, and that is not something to be undervalued.
Earlier this evening, a former employee of Charlie Hebdo stated in an interview with Anderson Cooper, “Maybe they did kill my colleague and my friends, but…they cannot kill the spirit of Charlie Hebdo…not by bomb, not by being brutal and racist, but by drawing, by humor, by being just human beings.”
If the Charlie Hebdo attacks have taught us anything it is that education, and tolerance conquers violence. It has inspired the world to put down the gun, and pick up the pen.
Sometimes I choose not to speak at all about issues that are upsetting because they seem too overwhelming to tackle. If I resolve to do anything this year it is to educate, join the conversation, and express myself as much as possible without fear of what others will think of me whether I am talking about #TheBachelor, #Feminism, #Politics, or whatever #2015 throws our way. As Voltaire once said, “I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.”
In 2015, let’s make it our resolution to give a fuck.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: MOLLY FLYNNMolly Flynn is a 20-something aspiring Bosslady. She grew up in the sunny utopia of Laguna Beach, California, but today considers herself a Bostonian. She’s a recent graduate of Simmons College, but while she was in school she traveled all over the country interning for Cosmopolitan, Esquire, and Warner Brothers to name a few. Molly is most passionate about helping others succeed because she believes the secret to success is support.
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