No one likes change. Well, very few people do. And those who do only like it—or more accurately, tolerate it better than most—because they have trained themselves over the course of years to accept it, welcome it and sometimes embrace it.
On a larger scale, some of the events of last year have forced us to look change in the eye and either accept what’s to come or … brace ourselves for whatever unpleasantness it brings. First, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the first national health care program our country has ever seen. The controversial Obamacare law means big decisions for both businesses and employees and, in some cases, major overhauls to existing benefits plans. Secondly, for the first time in history, a sitting U.S. president came out in support of gay marriage. Then, the Supreme Court jumped into the debate—agreeing to weigh in on two of the five cases seeking marriage equality that hit its desk. The high court will hear arguments for these cases next month. And finally, tragedies such as the Colorado theater shooting, the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, the Oregon mall shooting and countless other violent crimes across the country have opened up the debate over gun control—and a heated debate it is.