It's Friday morning. I wrote an entirely different blog post, but at the last minute decided to change my topic based on what I can't escape: The negativity towards 2016.
It's cool and fun to jump on board and say things like "Ready for this year to be over." or "2016 is killing everyone" or "Ah, you did a horrible thing to me, how 2016 of you." I've done it myself from time to time.
Yes, 2016 was a rough year for the world. We had to live through the most grueling election in my lifetime certainly (however my parents and grandparents agreed it was the most grueling in their lifetimes as well), a ton of famous people died, and even more non-famous people died. We just want this year to end.
2016 was the year that took Bowie and Prince, after all. 2016 showed us a de-stabilizing US political system. The contents of 2016 was a clear reminder about how fragile it all really is.
The complaints about 2016 are telling of a generation that's never really seen anything. Imagine the tweets from two days ago in 1941, when Pearl Harbor got attacked. What about WWII? Or even Vietnam? Or the Cold War? Most of us are so removed from the actual unfortunate things in the world. The War in Iraq and Afganistan was and is horrible, but is it keeping you from binge watching Narcos (A show about absolutely real atrocities that we are privileged enough to be able to watch for entertainment?) while guzzling down Chipotle? Probably not.
Maybe it is all coming around. Maybe we are going to be in some Civil War or our new President's ego (as if our current president doesn't have an enormous ego himself) will blow us all up. Maybe, our political and social situation will keep us from getting a Starbucks drink before work in the morning. (Which is when the chaos will truly begin)
Yes, there's no denying that bad things are happening to people everywhere. It's a broken world. However, I'm part of a group complaining about 2016, who are merely exhausted of hearing about horrible things while also having the great gift of not really being affected by them.
There are 3 weeks left in this year, and we can't stop talking about how we want this all to end.
The worst thing about 2016 to me, is the excuses it's given us to wish life away. It's given us an out for everything bad or annoying that has ever happened to us. I kept reading about people skipping their college classes after the election for "mourning" or something. We finally found a reason that bad things happen: 2016. Let me curl up in my bedroom crying and unable to live because I read in the news that "shit happens".
Bad stuff is always going to happen in our lifetimes. That's life. God made this perfectly clear when the world was formed. I'm gonna die, you're gonna die, and we're all gonna suffer. In the words of Shepard Smith, "You and everyone you know are dead. All of you. Because you can't survive it. It's not possible unless you're very very lucky. And your kids die too." (sidebar: we should probably quit watching the news for real though)
Speaking for myself, however, I've certainly been gifted with a cake walk of a life and I'm eternally thankful for it. Sure, I get bummed out reading the news, but bummer news will never go away. Why would you let it keep you from living a good life? What's the point in getting all bitter about it?
2016 has been a pretty damn good year for me. I got an adorable niece, and with that, a healed relationship with my sister. I have a great job where I don't want to blow my brains out constantly. I have an incredible wife that I enjoy spending time with. I'm surrounded with great people overall. Oh, and gas has been really cheap.
Enjoy the last 3 weeks of 2016. Make it good. Just because bad things have happened this year and you were in a blessed position of simply having to read about it, doesn't mean you need to halt your living as a result. You can be upset about current events, but in turn, you can also be thankful for the good that does exist in your life.
I suppose I could have titled this post "First-world problems"