It goes without saying 2016 sucked. You can read all about it on every social channel under the fireball in the sky. Celebrities died, Harambe died, Democracy died, the Buffalo Bills chances of becoming relevant in the next decade died… There was so much dying, both literally and figuratively.
People everywhere are looking to 2017 for hope. Even in light of half the country still being butt-hurt Trump won and other half being butt-hurt that the other half is still butt-hurt. It is literally a paradox of hate and venom from what I can tell. I know for my part, I try to stay out of it. But it finds you.
It still amazes me how much people want to discuss their politics on a daily basis in the workplace.
Even when the political climate isn’t as dreary as this current one and things are more, harmonious so-to-speak, politics is probably next to religion and college football in terms of being something that is guaranteed to start an animated debate with people getting pissy on both sides.
I think both parties lost but I also know that there has been tidal shifts in power and control since I have been alive and for the most part, life goes on. Politicians are corrupt? Life goes on. People die? Life goes on. Jobs are lost? Life goes on. It’s cyclical. Just like the globe we’re spinning on. It just keeps spinning.
So when I hear all the pissing and moaning about 2016 and what we do or don’t have to look forward to in 2017, I just think of Dory in Finding Nemo, ” Just Keep Swimming, Just Keep Swimming” I could work myself up into a frenzy but what good would that do? None. Zip, Zilch, Zero. The globe will still spin, I will have money to make and a family to look out for and me being salty about David Bowie, Prince, Carrie Fisher and every one in between dying, isn’t going make my life and better or easier. If anything it make it harder. Which life is already pretty tough so why the need to internalize events we have no control over and concentrate more on the ones we do have control over?
Heading into 2017 I hope to be a better dad, husband, employee, friend, human. Anything beyond that is more likely than not, out of my control.
Be a better human.