It feels like it’s been 2016 for a long time.
For so many of us, it seems, 2016 was a tough year. It’s dealt us one blow after another, unrelenting to the end.
I am no exception. For me, 2016 was the most challenging, confronting and terrifying year I can remember. In spite of this, I feel it was also the most wonderful, formative and important year of my life, so far.
The last 6 months have been an extremely tumultuous time, which I have largely kept to myself. I can proudly say that I have—on several occasions—mustered the courage to step into the arena and make some big, extremely ‘grown-up’ decisions. I have dared as greatly as I could, with the goal of discovering a new level of happiness and fulfilment from this one and only life.
It has been a crucial, hugely vulnerable process and it has not been easy. The decisions I’ve made have permanently altered my life, and the lives of people I deeply care for. And yet, even though my life is almost unrecognisable from where it was this time last year, I know that these decisions were made for the right reasons. I know that my life—and the lives of the people I care about—will be happier.
As confronting as 2016 has been, it has been a crucial reminder of how important it is to strive for happiness, for which I am endlessly grateful.
I hope you can look back upon 2016 with the same happiness. And I hope that in one year’s time—December 31st 2017—you can look back happily on another challenging, confronting, terrifying, wonderful, beautifully fucked-up year.
While the last 6 months have been tough, I cannot explain how helpful it has been to be able to share some thoughts and words with you. In hindsight, it may have been an unwise to start my blog right in the middle of such an unsettled time, and even though there have been times where I had to put my writing on the shelf, I am endlessly grateful to have had my small tribe of readers who were willing to read my words.
2017 will undoubtedly see this platform move in a new direction. Rather than merely dispensing thoughts, I’m going to strive to give much more in the future.
A wonderful, happy New Year to you,
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