What's your New Year's resolution for San Antonio?
A couple of things struck me the other night during our live New Year's Eve broadcast from downtown San Antonio.
And in a moment you'll see how that led me to a question about a certain New Year's resolution.
But first, what really hit me was that everybody seemed so hopeful that this year will be better than last - meaning that last year wasn't so hot.
From a number of San Antonians' New Year's resolutions on our broadcast and from talking with people on the street, I got the sense that people are suffering some extra fatigue after last year.
People are really tired of being stressed and divided. And yes, it's partly because of the presidential race. But it's also because of how we've grown accustomed to treating each other on social media - and in the media in general.
YOUR INDIVIDUAL RESOLUTIONS
"I'm going to help my fellow Americans to do whatever it is they like to do and to be accepting of others," was part of one woman's resolution.
Another resolution touched on that divisive election.
"I am going to try to help my fellow man, now matter how they voted. If you're a Trump supporter that's OK. If you're a Hillary supporter, that's OK too."
And as I looked out over some of the crowd - estimated at 250,000 for the entire night, it was also impossible to tell anyone's politics. Not that anybody cared about politics at that moment anyway, but everybody was just happy to be enjoying a beautiful night together in a beautiful city - and everyone hoping for a better year ahead.
Then it was some resolutions from our own preacher's kid, News 4 Sports Director Don Harris, that drove the point home that we can all do our part - however big or small it is - to help our country be less divided.
DON HARRIS' RESOLUTIONS
"I want to be a positive tweeter," Don said, while listing his New Year's resolutions. "And that goes hand in hand with my last [resolution] and that is to show love to everybody, to show love to people who don't look like me, who don't believe like me. who don't think like me. Our country's way too divided.and if we show love to everybody no matter if we agree with them or not the world would be a better place."
At least we could try to be civil to others as a start. Love - that could take a while.
But one last thing struck me Saturday night as everyone seemed so fatigued from the stresses and divisions of last year.
It seems like we put a lot on hold as we fought over so much, including the presidential race, and that we were especially focused on national issues.
Of course that's not surprising in a presidential election year, but it overshadowed talk about hopes and plans for San Antonio.
BIG SA CHANGES COMING, LIKE IT OR NOT
Looking ahead on New Year's Eve reminded me that just one year from now we'll begin celebrating San Antonio's 300th birthday in 2018 - and that we should be preparing for the additional million people experts say will be living in our city within just 25 years.
They also predict we'll have another three million living along the San Antonio-Austin corridor within the same 25 years!
That's a heck of a lot more people we need to plan for. Have we?
At this point, I don't think we have. And I don't think we're ready. Maybe we've wasted some of our time and energy, as well as our anxiety and stress while, holding our breath watching the national drama unfold.
So my question for you is - What is your New Year's resolution - for San Antonio and this entire area?
What, specifically, do you want to see us change or work on in 2017?
Post your thoughts on our facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/News4SA.
And be civil! Or Don Harris will not be happy and won't be able to keep his resolution about positive tweeting.
We also may air some of your comments on News 4 San Antonio at 10 pm on Tuesday.
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