Why we should be optimistic about 2018

Are you tired of talking about 2017 yet?

With Christmas (just) behind us, this week marks the few days we turn our attention to the year that was before launching into the year ahead.

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Here’s one way to look at it: we began 2017 with trepidation and took hit after hit (from a litany of sexual assault allegations to rampant racism), but the good news is people fought back and progress has been made. And maybe, just maybe, there is reason to be hopeful about the year ahead.

In 2017, problems abound, not the least of which was an unstable American president poised to take office — affecting more than just our southern neighbours. The problems in our mountain town have also been discussed at length, both in the pages of this issue and throughout the year — all revolving around growth.

But in 2017, it’s fair to say we adjusted to the idea that, as a community, we’re at a turning point. Now, we’re grappling with how to deal with that. At the municipal level that means building more Whistler Housing Authority properties, trying to get more locals riding transit and convincing fewer people to park in the Village.

As we move into the New Year, we’ll learn more about whether these initiatives will actually make an impact on the busy-ness of the resort.

On a broader scale, we witnessed a palpable cultural shift in regards to the way women are treated in this part of the world. The sexual assault allegations leveled at so many men in power in the entertainment industry was disheartening to read day in and day out. But it’s added up to our culture truly changing — likely in a permanent way.

Eventually we won’t learn of a new actor, comedian, director or musician whose name has been forever sullied by immoral deeds every single day and, instead, there will be a general understanding that, for men in power, actions will have consequences.

It was a running theme throughout the year: disheartening things happened, we adjusted and got to work. While we’re just beginning to see the effects, it’s worth entering into 2018 with renewed optimism.

Whatever the world (or housing market) throws our way, we can handle it. And, if we handle it right, we might just emerge all the better for the experience.

So here’s to a happy New Year, may we all reap the benefits of battling through a tumultuous 2017. 

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