2016: The Unnecessarily Heated Debate

I really don’t like posting statuses on Facebook that are controversial. Mostly because I avoid arguments like the plague, and some people just get way too angry about it and then post unnecessary comments under it like “MY FAMILY WAS MURDERED BY HARAMBE.” Or, you know, something like that, because everyone has that one friend on Facebook with completely uncalled for and unfactual opinions that they post just to prove a point. I get it. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

But yesterday I finally got so fed up with everyone posting about 2016 and how they can’t wait for it to be over. And it got me thinking. I’m pretty sure everyone said the same thing about 2015 too. And 2014. So I posted this status:

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I mean, for real guys, if everyone in 1348 had Facebook, imagine those statuses at the end of the year. “Well, everyone, the black death has doth taken my entire family and most of my friends, leaving me alone in poverty. I resign myself from 1348 and will spend this New Years Eve in prayer that 1349 will bring us abundance and joy.” Or however they talked in 1348. I’m not really sure. But that year had to really suck.

What I guess I should have expected after posting this status was the amount of hate I got on it. I mean, yeah, a lot of really shitty stuff happened this year. A lot of loved celebrities died (RIP Carrie Fisher, I never got around to saying that. I wish you hadn’t shortened your life with the amount of cocaine you consumed.) But instead, let’s blame this span of time and monster called 2016 on the death of a lot of people who (this will cause a stir) really had it coming eventually. 2016 is not killing people. A lot of celebrities that we love are getting up there in their years and will continue to die through 2017 and 2018 and so on. Also, if you think your year sucked because a lot of celebrities died, please reevaluate your life.

But besides the famous people, I know a lot of people went through some rough patches this year. I AM NOT BELITTLING YOUR PROBLEMS (as I was accused of on Facebook). I went through my own personal hell spells too. If you’ve been following my blog all year, you would know that. I was hospitalized for OD’ing on Xanax. I dated a sociopath. I lost my job and am still unemployed. And yeah, that all sucks. One of my best friend’s dad passed away this year, some of my other friends have been going through really terrible mental issues and believe me when I say this: I know how much it sucks and I am right there with you. I have complete empathy, don’t get me wrong. But the fact is, by saying that “2016 can lick my balls,” no one is getting around to appreciating any of the good things that happened this year for themselves or others.

I think it’s always good to look forward to a New Year, but I think it’s just the wrong mindset to only look forward to it due to anything bad that happened the previous year. Also, have I pointed out that these “Fuck you 2016” statuses only start happening around December? No one ever posts in like, March, saying “man, I can’t wait for this year to end” even if 10 people have already died and some terrorist attack has happened.

So to give you all a little satisfaction, here are the shitty things that happened in 2016 that can make everyone say “DIE 2016 GO KILL YOURSELF”

  • Celebrities that died: David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Glenn Frey, Georgia Davis Powers, Harper Lee, Nancy Reagan, George Martin, Prince, Muhammad Ali, Michael Herr, Gene Wilder, Greta Zimmer Friedman, Arnold Palmer, Leonard Cohen, Fidel Castro, John Glenn, George Michael, and Carrie Fisher. This is not the complete list but you can find it here.
  • Donald Trump
  • Harambe
  • Bastille Day terrorist attack
  • Orlando shooting
  • Ebola (but see list further on)

But let’s look back at 2015, shall we?

  • Donald Trump and the GOP (the beginnings)
  • Freddy Grey and the Baltimore riots
  • More Florida shootings
  • Guns and car crashes become equal in causes of death
  • Death of Leonard Nimoy (Spock), B.B. King, Scott Weiland, Wes Craven, Christopher Lee, James Horner (Titanic soundtrack anyone?), Oliver Sacks, Terry Pratchett, Mary Doyle Keefe (aka Rosie the Riveter) and many more… complete list here

Bad things happen every year. Good things happen every year. All those Obama/Biden memes after the election? At least something good came out of the election. Here’s a small list one of my friends posted on my status that got so much debate:

  • An effective Ebola vaccine
  • Giant Pandas are no longer on the endangered list
  • Tigers’ numbers in the wild rose for the first time in 100 years
  • The USA won the Rio Olympics
  • Measles was eradicated from the Americas

Those are some pretty damn good things, in my opinion.

So let’s all calm down because 2016 is almost over and you will all have the satisfaction of giving the bird to it on New Years. Summary of this post? Please stop posting on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram or whatever every year about how much the previous year sucked. There will be no perfect year. Let’s all look at the good things that came out of this year and stop being so pessimistic (I never thought I’d accuse someone else of being pessimistic because I’m basically the queen of pessimism). Everyone who is posting about 2016 survived. Everyone is or will be okay. It’s okay if you spent the past year being depressed. You are not small, and you are strong for surviving thus far. It’s okay that we lost some beloved people. Life will move on. We will lose more people in 2017 (for instance, my grandfather who has given less than 6 months to live due to cancer) but it’s okay. Let’s appreciate these people for what they did for the world and know that their time would come eventually.

You will wake up on January 1st, 2017, and nothing will be different. It will just be another day. Another trip around the sun.

Let the hunger games begin. May the odds be ever in my favor. Love you all. Long live Harambe.

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