2016: Mission Accomplished
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It is an absolutely gorgeous summer morning on New Year’s Eve 2016 half the world away from my hometown. As per usual, I’m missing my friends and remembering all the fun we used to have on this day so many years ago. It makes me smile.
Scrolling through social media, it takes no time at all to see how much people are looking forward to 2017. This past year will go down in history as a memorable year of politics, celebrations of unprecedented musical talents and saying farewell to many beloved celebrities. These are people who have entered into our worlds through television and radio. Many of these people have been there for us through some of the most monumental times in our lives. Others made us angry, frustrated and pitted us against one another and for the most part, none of them have actually known how much they affected us. 2016 was an emotional roller coaster, that many are happy to get off…hopefully.
What if 2017 is a continuation of 2016? Well, in the world of dates and time, 2017 is a continuation of 2016. People will die, politics will change, and things will happen. That’s how life is. When we tick over to 2017 and we rejoice that a “tough” year is over, only you have the ability to take control of what you need for the new year. Though, I didn’t see 2016 as such a horrendous year.
In between the political banter, the death notices, and the otter memes, I saw a year of success. I saw dreams that were discussed 5, 10, or 15 years ago being accomplished. I watched my friends become doctors, they wrote and published books, they fiercely battled addictions, they tangoed with cancer, they received dream jobs, they started/graduated/got in to school, they left damaging relationships, they travelled the world, they stood up for themselves, they stood up for what they believed, they bought the sailboat, and some got really fit. I watched their children grow, I watched rainbow babies be born, I watched them buy houses and even find love, especially in themselves. In 2016, I was keenly aware of people thriving all over the place.
Society tells us to fit into a particular standard but we don’t. We have our own dreams and our own ambitions and accomplishments just don’t fall out of the sky. It is hard to live life. So while we cosy up on the couch to watch Princess Leia or dance around to Prince, celebrating a particularly rough 2016. Let us celebrate our hard work, our own particular accomplishments and the achievements of those around us. Let us embody the greats who have gone before us and keep on being amazing in 2017 because as Muhammed Ali said, “don’t count the days, make the days count.”
Happy New Year!
Posted by Amy Bell Finiki on Friday, December 30th, 2016 @ 3:31PM
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