January 4, 2013

Looking Forward To 2013

Happy 2013! At the turn of the year, many people spend time looking back and contemplating the previous year. I am not immune to this as several of my recent posts show. But I think that considering our hopes for the future year is just as important. So this post is going to do just that. Here are my hopes for 2013 in all the areas I write about and then some. Note: these are in no particular order as they are all important to me.

  1. Initially, this hope is going to seem politically driven, but it is not. I hope that in 2013 our Houses of Congress will start to work together. We need our Senators and Representatives from both sides to start to compromise to make good decisions for our country. My specific hope in this is that our Congress will make good laws and decisions about education, science, and technology. We must improve in these areas in order to continue to grow. We cannot cut these three areas and then be shocked that we are lower on the lists of success in these. So, my first hope for 2013 is that Congress will support education, science, and technology.
  2. My second hope for 2013 deals with STEM, which is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. My hope is two-fold. First, I hope that more girls and women will become interested in STEM disciplines, education, and ideas. For women already committed to STEM, I hope they continue in their pursuits and try to interest other females. My second hope with STEM is that boys and men continue to push for more funding and more interest in these areas. STEM is not a gender thing. We all should want to learn more about these areas no matter our gender, socio-economic situation, or ethnicity. STEM is important for all of our futures.
  3. Third, I hope we continue to push for a healthier America particularly in terms of how we eat and what we eat as well as supporting exercise. Obesity is not just a vanity issue; obesity contributes to very serious health issues including heart health, cancers, circulation problems, and diabetes. None of those should be ignored. We must continue to educate children and adults about the importance of eating healthy and exercising daily.
  4. In addition to eating and exercise health, I also hope that we continue to research health problems from migraines to cancer to reproductive health and everything in between. The more we learn about health, the better equipped we will be for preventing and treating illnesses.
  5. Finally, I hope that we continue the discussions about mental and emotional health. So many suffer from depression and other emotional illnesses. With treatment, whether talk therapy, medication, or other methods, many of these illnesses could be healed or at least controlled. Our mental and emotional health are just as important as our physical health.

2012 brought us much to be proud of and learn from. I hope that 2013 continues that pattern and improves in the areas of education, STEM, physical health, mental and emotional health, and many others. The change of a year gives us the opportunity to think about what we want for the new year. I hope that many of us focus on these five areas. I know I will.

Image Credit: Photos.com

Facebook Twitter Pinterest Plusone Digg Reddit Stumbleupon Email


Rayshell E. Clapper is an Associate Professor of English at a rural college in Oklahoma where she teaches Creative Writing, Literature, and Composition classes. She has presented her original fiction and non-fiction at several conferences and events including: Scissortail Creative Writing Festival, Howlers and Yawpers Creativity Symposium, Southwest/Texas Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association Regional Conference, and Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference. Her publications include Cybersoleil Journal, Sugar Mule Literary Magazine, Red Dirt Anthology, Originals, and Oklahoma English Journal. Beyond her written works, she successfully created a writer's group in rural Oklahoma to support burgeoning writers. The written word is her passion, and all she experiences inspires that passion. She hopes to help inspire others through her words.

Send Rayshell an email