As 2016 draws to a close, I have to agree with a number of the comments I’ve seen on social media. It will go down as an “annus horribilis”.
Tragedy, division and loss dominated world events. The US election lead the way; a particularly ugly campaign this time, filled with gloomy and hateful rhetoric.
The loss of life from terrorist attacks, the Syrian refugee crisis and the suffering of those remaining Aleppo served as a reminder of mankind’s indifference to our fellow man.
Destabilizing events such as Brexit, the coup in Turkey and North Korean nuclear tests, created uncertainty for the future.
The world lost many talented individuals, many of whom were far to young to die, including David Bowie, Prince and most recently Carrie Fisher.
For me personally, I developed a case of extreme eczema, so bad that I had to lay around in cotton t-shirts and sweat pants for months on end. I fell over while practising yoga with what turned out to be vertigo (scary), and then stepped in a pot hole while on a walk and sprained my ankle. My life-long struggle with anxiety and depression proved a challenge as well.
Despite ending 2016 feeling beaten up, and the fact that Donald Trump will be the next President of the United States, I still choose to hopeful for 2017. I do think it will be important for each of us to reach out and do something kind for another and that these acts of kindness serve as an anecdote to what-ever evils are in store for us in the coming year.