Hi, guys! I’m back from my holiday blogging break, and I hope that you had a great time! This post is just looking back over the past year, a letter to 2016. It’s going to be… rather depressing. Sorry about that.
You have been my worst year, without exaggeration. (Although I’ve only lived for a short time, and all of the years that I can remember have definitely been on the better side. It was a low bar to be my worst year, but this year definitely went below that bar.) Sure, there were some great things. I’m not dismissing their merit, but even all added up, the awful parts outweigh the better parts.
First off, both my mom’s dad and my family’s beloved dog (who had been with us since I was 3) passed away. Not only that, but they passed away within a couple weeks of each other, barely a month and a half after you had started. It’s one of the worst feelings in the world to travel home from your grandfather’s funeral to find your dog at death’s door with cancer.
There were some bright spots in the spring, but it was hard, because I was dealing with my grandfather’s death and my dog’s death. I know it was worse, by far, for my mom.
At the end of the school year, the Orlando shooting happened, which killed 49 people and injured over 50. Soon after that, there was an attack on Nice, which killed 86 people and injured over 400.
After the summer ended, school started positively (other than Hurricane Matthew, that is)– I got into a rock climbing team, I was homeschooling with friends, and my classes were delightful. My family had adopted a wacky rescue, who, although she could never replace out old dog, was carving out a new place in our hearts. She gave us so much love, and it really helped us. We gave her love right back, and it really helped her, after a life of being moved from shelter to shelter.
Then, though? The election. Oh my goodness. That was dreadful. It’s probably ruined the beginning of 2017 for me, and I’m just hoping that none of the other terrible things are going to leak over.
There were many more disasters than what I’ve mentioned here, whether they were bombings, shootings, natural, accidental, or anything else. So many people have died. I hope your successor will be as benign as possible, though I’m doubting it.
There were good points, I’ll give you that. I got to travel to see my dad’s parents more than usual, and I loved that I was able to spend the time with my mom’s father that I did. I met and immediately adored my adorable little cousins, whom I hadn’t seen for years. School is continuing to be lovely, and I wrote 50,000 words for NaNoWriMo. I made soap for the first time, and it certainly won’t be the last. I also started this blog– technically, I started this one in September. (I think?) But I started “Come, Rest a While,” in February. Because of everything that had happened then, I had had trouble keeping it up, and I didn’t even want to keep it up. My computer crashed over the summer, so when I got a new one, I decided to turn over a new leaf. I re-created this blog, and it was definitely the right choice. It doesn’t look particularly different, but the fact that this isn’t the blog that I had over such a difficult time makes it so much easier to use.
Other positive things include seeing some really good plays, including Hamilton. (!!!) That wasn’t a “really good” play, though. That was an absolutely amazing one.
So, 2016, I did like some parts of you. I loved some parts of you. But frankly, you’ll probably permanently be shelved with my worst years. Here’s hoping that 2017 is better.