*Prepare yourselves….it’s gonna get opinionated and a touch political up in here for a moment.
Dear sweet, misguided 2016,
Looking around at where we find ourselves at year’s end it’s little wonder that we’re all so anxious to ring in 2017.
What happened to us? What happened to our love?
What started off as such a promising year spiralled into one we’d probably all rather was forgotten completely. Sadly that won’t be the case. Because this will be the year that we talk about for decades to come. The year the world changed. The year we lost so much ground. The year we all learned the true meaning of fear, of disillusionment, of anger and of regret.
The Zika Virus.
Black Lives Matter.
The list is endless and endlessly frustrating. At every turn we’ve seen the ugly side of our fellow humans and institutions exposed to the light and we’ve seen basic freedoms take a back seat to corruption and self-interest.
It’s not acceptable, 2016, but as the saying goes, ‘what’s done is done’ and there’s no going back no matter how many people wish for it.
So we’ll bid you a (not at all fond) farewell and try to find the courage to face our uncertain future with determination, resilience and a strength we never knew we had until now.
2017 – you’re the blank slate and fresh start we all so desperately need and we’re counting on you to afford us all the opportunity to make this new year so much better than the last.
I have complete faith you – and we – can do it and I’m looking forward to the next chapter.