Hurray! It’s 2017!
It’s interesting. These past couple of days both the husband and I have been “Fuck 2016!” – like the clock striking midnight would magickally erase all the pain and heartache from the previous 366 days and make it all magically new. Two glasses into a bottle of wine with some glow sticky headband thingie on my head and I realize that really isn’t the case – 2016’s pain and anguish is still going to float around us like a miasma until time itself has managed to dull the pain and soothe our hearts.
A part of me feels that 2016 wasn’t that insane until the end of the year for me personally. I was working shifts that made it hard for me to remember much of the year in fact – 4 or 5 days on, and 4 or 5 days off, working shifts that would go either 6am to 5pm or 7:15pm to 6:15am… the months blurred until the end of the year when I came off for a short stint in September.
I went back on in November to help work out and I felt the month of November begin to blur, and then the end of November happened.
And then December happened.
And now I’m sitting here, 12 minutes into the New Year from Perth, Western Australia going “Thank fuck it’s 2017!” but it doesn’t actually take the edge and the pain away from the events from the past two months.
2016 had some great news in it… child mortality rates are down, many species populations are growing instead of shrinking, Volunteers in India planted 50 million trees in 24 hours, world crime is down, coffee helps combat cancer! And the Ozone layer is repairing itself! And of course, Leo got his Oscar.
We also lost so many of our brightest shining stars. David Bowie, Alan Rickman, George Michael, Prince, Carrie Fisher… amongst many more. It was a year where many talented people passed away. Trump was elected president of the USA. BREXIT. And on a personal note, I lost my sister in law to a tragic and senseless act… five days before Christmas. She left behind two adorable and bright kids who now have to face this world without their mom.
I’m a pagan. I believe in balance in all things, the male and the female, the white and the black, the positive and the negative. My personal feelings about what a shit year 2016 was aside, I can see that there were two sides of the scale here trying to balance themselves out. Maybe we lost these wonderful shining stars, and those closest to us because the world needed balance. For all these wonderful things that happened, we needed to pay. (Although I really do want to know what the hell my family did to deserve what happened to us… because it’s bullshit!)
However perception colours our memories. 2016 will go down in infamy because of our collective losses, not for the positives. I know some folks who were able to have an incredible year and for those – I salute you all. I hope 2017 continues your positive and wonderful happy trend, and that your year is full of love, laughter and light. For those of us that had a sucky 2016 – as Buster Moon in SING! Says… There’s only one way to go once you hit Rock Bottom… and that’s up!
My personal new years resolutions are for improving myself this year. I’m taking language courses with the intent to polish up my Spanish, and start teaching myself Japanese and then Mandarin and Gaelic. I’m going to try to write a page a day again…. I did well a couple of years back until I went to Bali. I think I can definitely push past March this time… well past March. December 31, 2017 in fact. Hehe!
I wish everyone a bright 2017. Blessed Be!