2016 was an interesting year; by interesting, I mean super shitty. Aside from the obvious horrors: Pulse, Aleppo, police brutality, Dakota pipeline, opposition to #blacklivesmatter, Townsville school shooting, Brock Turner, the election, among others, the deaths of so many talented artists, but these are just off the top of my head.
If I write about the world horrors any more extensively than listing them off, I’ll probably become a hermit. So I’ll leave it at this: everyone get your shit together, and start spreading love and kindness to all peoples no matter ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender, or any other reason for prejudice, difference, or hate.
My personal 2016, has also been shitty. In February, I had a lengthy stay in the hospital battling everything from pneumonia to internal infections to the edge of organ failure and a few things in between. In April, I had my gallbladder out. Since then, I have been in the process of making some major lifestyle changes in order to have a healthy future. Including an incredibly healthy, low fat diet because my body just can’t handle it anymore, no alcohol, and working on exercise – this one is hard for me. 2016 has also included heartbreak – I will probably never recover from, – a two week trip to Arkansas and New Orleans with my best friend, moving away from home and my best friend, starting a new life in Houston, and three months of a crippling illness with a currently unknown origin – specialists here I come. It’s been a year of ups and mostly downs for me.
I’m hoping for better in 2017 for myself but mostly for the world. Despite all the bad, I remain hopeful kindness will triumph and love will prevail. Humanity is capable of dubious horror but also incredible concern and caring.