I start off every new year with a list of goals I have set, but honestly who doesn't? It sounds cliche, but I do believe that one can speak their dreams into existence. That was definitely the case in 2017 for me. It was a year that begun with the declaration of war on "fake news" and the truth, but it was a year where groups sought to present their truth. I am proud to share that it in 2017 I began my resistance, and it is something I plan to build upon in 2018. In 2017, I lived up to my motto of, "I Will do great things" because I proved to myself that I truly had potential to make my mark.
My year began a bit turbulent, with personal doubt and fatigue creating bumps everywhere. At one point, I did not even want to apply to internships anywhere because I was sure I wouldn't get anything. But, that all changed when my Posse CPM let me know about a brand new company partner. This was my literal golden ticket into entertainment, an industry that I swore I could only dream of being in. While this was a turning point, the larger world was facing more serious issues. #BlackLivesMatter, #MeToo, and the fight of Dreamers are news that I would follow and that humbled me while I was abroad. I witnessed how the world began to understand that the personal is political. In 2017, I saw the tenacity of the human spirit. Whether it was on the news, or hearing about my parents working longer hours at their company to ensure that I could afford that trip to Paris, I saw resilience in all its forms.
This year truly did humble me, and I plan on entering 2018 building upon this sense of resilience that I have witnessed from the people around me, and that I have begun to develop. I am also entering the new year with a newfound sense of resistance. I cannot remain silent when people and protests around are occurring all in the name of justice and equity. I can support a friend's Go Fund Me page because I know how invaluable going abroad was for me. I can retweet a link for a movement I believe in. I can listen someone and offer them merit and the affirmation they need.
My professors, my parents, my friends all consider me a writer. Thus, my protest will be on the page. I will stand up for what I believe in. I will advocate for myself and others when I must. I will prove to myself that in 2018 I can continue to succeed and grow, while helping those around me reach their own truths of who they want to be.
Author William Samayoa
Marketer by profession and storyteller by passion. L.A. raised, proud Latino, and pop culture enthusiast.