2016. We laughed, we cried, and then hopefully we laughed some more.
If you’re exhausted, I don’t blame you. We did a lot this year. We voted to Make America Great Again. We mourned the lives lost to gun violence and to terrorism. Our hearts felt heavy watching the Syrian refugee crisis mount. We lost Prince, David Bowie, and George Michael, among other music greats. We also lost Carrie Fisher. Which was a reminder to never tell anyone you’ve never seen Star Wars. (trust me, it’s just not worth the backlash from those mourning their princess) We also made Broadway show tunes great again with the popularity of Hamilton. Brad and Angelina broke up and nobody really cared. Bob Dylan won a Nobel Prize and he didn’t really care about that either. Brexit was a thing. Zika was a thing. Ken Bone’s sweater was a thing for like, 15 minutes. And then there was that time Donald Trump and Kanye West met up to talk about “life” …k. And if it wasn’t for Vodka, I’d choose to completely write Russia off in 2017 for all of it’s meddling over the past year.
There’s a lot that happens in the world and it can feel personal, even if it’s not. We have empathy and as humans we often have a strong desire to connect with others. It can be easy to feel disconnected from ourselves in the midst of it all.
So in 2017, I’m going to work harder than ever to find peace and happiness within myself. To quiet the noise that comes from things that don’t serve me and to celebrate and fearlessly embrace what does.
This doesn’t mean shutting out what’s happening around me. Far from it. I just think that when we’re better connected to who we are and what we want …we’re better suited to be mindful observers of the things around us. We don’t always have to react. We can watch on and feel okay. Because we’re deeply grounded, rooted, and secure with who we are.