Boy, this has been one epic toilet of a year, hasn’t it? Let us count the ways.
A large number of celebrity deaths
Lots of people, notable and not, died during the year. But we lost some of our most revered legends, more than usual, and some of them were grossly unexpected, like David Bowie, Carrie Fisher, and Prince.
One of the most contentious and insane presidential elections ever
I’m not going to post the Pumpkin’s New Year tweet here; if you’re so inclined, you can go view it on Twitter. But this response from Irish singer/songwriter James Vincent McMorrow made me laugh the hardest:
I love James–and you should check out his music, seriously.
I really don’t have much more to say about the election, other than to remind everyone that we can fight back in many ways. Help each other out, even those you disagree with. In the next few years, that kindness will make bank, because a ton of voters are already regretting their choice. If you cannot, do what you must to keep yourself safe and know that many of us, myself included, will step up for you.
AND GET YOUR ARSE OUT AND VOTE IN THE MID-TERMS IN 2018. Don’t wait for someone else to do it.
Vast amounts of really shitty personal crap
Okay, I asked the universe earlier in the year to challenge me, not with disaster, but by giving me everything I want all at the same time. “I can handle it!” I cried.
What I forgot was that in order for new stuff to slide in, first the old stuff has to vacate the space.
The universe has been methodically removing things from my life. Losing my job two days after the election felt like the final blow, though silver linings do exist. There is one more possible crushing and horrible disappointment that I don’t want to talk about. But maybe it’s not a disaster just yet. We’ll see.
I’m far from the only person who has had a ton of what-the-actual-hell land on them this year. It does seem like a great big pile-on. When you’re down, there’s nowhere to go but up. A friend of mine said that sometimes chaos signals deep change. So all the crazy stuff we’ve been experiencing could be the last desperate death throes of the things that keep us from evolving, both in societal and personal ways.
Here’s to a happier, safer, and better 2017!
And see this shitty year get a performance review courtesy of Chris Bucholz at Cracked.