2018 New Year's Speech

New Year's Speech

Given on the Occasion of the Lunar New Year by His Excellency, President Kevin Baugh

16 February 2018 XLI

My Fellow Molossians, Greetings.

On the occasion of the lunar New Year it is customary to look back at the past year and forward to the future. But Molossia is an optimistic nation, we do not dwell as much on the past, but rather tend to look to the future. That said, we are not ashamed about our past, instead we celebrate it. Indeed, such is our celebration that events and activities are often repeated from year to year. But each year we add something to these recurring milestones and undertakings, a new spin, new players in the game we call life. No matter the participants, each Molossian brings his or her own passion to what we do and adds their uniqueness. And therein lies the paradox. For we are all unique, we are all different, but ultimately we are all Molossians. In our individuality we are nevertheless united. Each of us is a puzzle piece, a part of a mosaic, perhaps appearing as a solitary bit when viewed up close, but step back and voila! The mosaic becomes visible, showing the whole of our nation, each of us making up that whole. Nations are like that, individuals from many walks of life coming together like threads making up a rope. Our strength comes from combining those threads, adding those mosaic pieces together and making the world a better place as a result. We cannot improve the world alone, we need each other to make it happen. There are myriad opportunities in life - indeed in each day - and we need but to reach out and seize them. The future is not for the complacent, but it does also not require the aggressive. Rather the future demands the creative, the interested, the willing and the eager. Do not shy from this call, as it reaches out to all of us. Instead, answer it. Answer it every day, asking yourself, what can I do to make myself better, my family better, my country better. Do not rest on your accomplishments thus far, they are great, no doubt, but they are not enough. They are never enough. Each day is an opportunity, whether you can see it or not; take hold of that opportunity and make it your own. Build on it and see where you can take it and where it can take you. Do not simply hope, because merely hoping can be an illusion of the future. No, do not hope, but act. If there seems to be no way forward, find one anyway. And always keep moving forward, following your dreams, setting and accomplishing your goals and not taking no for an answer - especially from yourself. You control your future and as you make your dreams come true, you do so not only for yourself, you do it for others: your family, your friends, your community and ultimately for our nation. Because our nation is a child of dreams, of hopes made real and all of us are a part of that dream. Big or small, young or old, each of us is a piece of the mosaic that is Molossia, the greatest nation on earth with the greatest people on earth.

God Bless You,
Long Live Molossia!

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