I’ve done some research and created a quick timeline for 2016—and the news isn’t good. This has to be one of the worst years the world has experienced on a personal and global scale.
Jan 10: David Bowie, RIP
Jan 14: Alan Rickman, RIP
Feb 1: Zika virus
Mar 22: Suicide bombers kill 32 people in Brussels
Mar 24: Jian Ghomeshi acquitted for 4 counts of sexual assault, 1 count of overcoming resistance by choking
Apr 21: Prince, RIP
May 21: News my husband has an aortic aneurysm and cannot do anything, but must wait three months for further testing
May 28: Harambe, the gorilla, killed at Cincinnati Zoo bc parents didn’t watch their toddler
June 3: Muhammad Ali, RIP
June 12: Hate crime kills 49 people at nightclub in Orlando
June 23: Brexit
June 28: 45 people killed at Ataturk Airport
July 2: Elie Wiesel, RIP
July 14: Cargo truck drives into crowds celebrating Bastille Day, killing 85 people
July 22: Nine innocent people shot in Munich
Aug: Surge of the “Alt-Right” white supremacy group
Aug 14: Told news on my daughter’s birthday that her grandfather has been diagnosed with cancer
Aug 21: Told news my aunt is diagnosed with cancer
Aug 24: Earthquake kills 299 people in Italy and leaves 5000 with no home
Sept 10: Told our family dog, a beautiful Boston Terrier named Bronx, has been diagnosed with cancer
Sept 12: Bronx put down at 11am, RIP
Sept 28: Hurricane Matthew
Oct 12: Drake and Rihanna break up AGAIN
Nov 6: Leonard Cohen, RIP
Nov 9: “Let’s Make America Great Again”
Nov 23: One of my favourite authors, Steven Galloway, suspended as chairman of Creative Writing Program at UBC, lack of proper investigation, leaks, petitions, backlash against authors asking for investigation of process…
Dec 13: Aleppo
Dec 14: Alan Thicke, RIP
I’m almost positive I’ve forgotten to include some other devastating news, but perhaps this post would never cease to end if I did. That’s how cruel the year, 2016, has been.
But, rather than leave off on a sour note, perhaps in looking back at all these unkind events—some just downright atrocities—perhaps we can all try to breathe a sigh of relief once the year 2017 rolls around in the hopes for a kinder year ahead.
Perhaps, it is even more important now than ever to take a sobering look at ourselves personally, in how we think, speak, act, and respond in our daily lives, not as self-deprecation, but an opportunity to be honest and mindful in how we all can improve, not simply for our own sakes, or for our own selfish agendas, but in a way we can simply return to humanity in a way that is humbling and mindful of what we so readily and easily take for granted.
And there is still hope. There are still 17 days left in the year. Let’s do our best to make them the best we can in saying goodbye to 2016.
What positive things happened to you or that you can recall in 2016?
What are ways you can make a contribution to a great year in 2017?
In thinking of New Year’s Resolutions, what are some of your list?