So maybe we're here thinking, thank god, it's almost over. Our two thousand and sixteenth year, meeting its untimely conclusion on this very day, we send it off with quite a sour taste in our mouth. I think it shouldn't go undervalued - some terrible things happened in this year and my heart weighs down when I think of how much hate was evident in the overall span of these 365 days. But I will shake this away for now because we need to look on the greener side of the grass (or something like that).
Let's have a round of applause for the giant pandas! And the tigers! And the manatees! Numbers are on the rise for these rare little guys! And how great that we had the Olympics this year! And we had no black plague!!! (okay but we did have Zika) But it's also pretty great that Harriet Tubman will now be on the $20 American dollar bill! Hey, also, no zombie apocalypse! And I'm pretty sure we all had some pretty great birthdays this year, right?? Babies were born, people fell in love, and Leonardo DiCaprio won an Oscar.
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And I had a pretty great year, personally. I had a fantastic summer where I went swimming in the canal a satisfying amount. I travelled the most I think I've ever travelled in a year. I saw really phenomenal landscapes and was even more enamoured by this planet. I started this blog. I met lots of really cool new people and made great friends. I got to work with the Queen of Denmark. I had a cat for a weekend. I shed far less tears in 2016 than I did in 2015. I could probably think of so many more if you asked me too, because I honestly can only think of happy times this year.
But it's almost the end and tomorrow is 2017. Every year has something good and bad to it and we move on from them. Maybe we'll learn from our mistakes and come out stronger from them. Every event and every person being thrown our way carries some sort of a lesson, I'd like to think. So in spite of 2016 being so terrible, let's not put all our eggs in the basket that 2017 will be any better. But I do think, it's all a choice on how you'd like to look at it. Glass half empty or half full, I guess.
So write out your resolutions, toast with a flute of champagne, surround yourself with the people you love and kiss this year goodbye. Say farewell to that bitter taste of 2016 but also say wave goodbye to the things that made you smile and that will make you nostalgic in the years to come.
And now, go party.