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03 January 2017 @ 01:14 am
Welcome to 2017  
I'm just a couple of days late...

To start 2017, I’ve come across a few problems of my own, including bronchitis. OK, that technically started with the allergy problem a day or two after Christmas, so maybe we can blame that one on 2016 too.

I’m not a huge fan of the narrative that 2016 was the problem. In the grand scheme of things, it’s an assortment of upsetting events that just happen to fall in the same year that was the problem. Still, even by the end of it, my first thought on New Year’s Eve when the Mariah Carey debacle took place was “That’s a fitting end to 2016.” I think most people do realize 2016 was actually just another year. It’s just that we’ve been hit with a barrage of things since the beginning of last year. Many of the celebrities who passed away were ones who pushed boundaries and effectively made things a little better, even if it just made the world aware of their existence, for people who are different. For countries like the United States and Britain, politically, events have left many nervous. Don’t forget the numbers of terrorist attacks and wars going on in the rest of the world.

The truth is bad things happen every year. Maybe we’re just more aware of it now with the internet and social media being such a significant part of our lives. I’ve read accounts of my friends on social media who have already had a worse 2017 for one reason or another.

2017 will see some of the consequences of 2016, and it’s going to bring about its own set of problems. Ultimately, it will be how we respond to those problems that makes it.

I follow Matt Nathanson on Twitter, and he posted this little read from Brian Eno’s Facebook that he happens to agree with. I liked it too. It presents a truthful yet optimistic look at what should happen next.

Anyway. Onto something a little more fun…

I’m doing the usual: working on my new scrapbook, putting other things together. I admit I basically took my 2016 scrapbook and posted it for 2017. Partly because I screwed up and got nothing done in 2016, partly because I felt that it was still a fitting thing to use. I liked the lyric I picked last year, and I felt it worked this year.

Many of my resolutions are similar too. I did add to become more aware and to take better care of my physical and mental health. I took great strides toward this in the last year. This year will be about using the tools I gained in 2016 to continue to take better care of myself. I want to help others, but taking care of me in order to get there will help. Also, by treating my anxiety instead of running from it, I feel like that has to help something. I was talking to my mom today about how when I was a kid, anxiety wouldn’t have been a thing someone thought of for me. Being more aware is obviously the first step in helping anything, so that’s a resolution I have too. I added the usual resolutions about exercise and eating, with the goal to try and lose 10 pounds this year. I don’t know if that will actually help, but we’ll see how it goes.

2017. Ready or not, here it is.