Catching up with an old friend this past weekend, talking about the New Year and how 2017 is shaping up, he launched into a rant about 2016. "2016 was so brutal, dear Lord I was just so happy to get out of that year and into the next. 2016 terrorized me. Constant anxiety. People were just a*holes. It sucked. Was so happy for 2017." And on and on and on.
As I listened to him go, I was struck by how many times I'd heard or read some version of this as the year came to a close. Either online, on Facebook, at the airport, or just in the grocery line, there was a song that went basically like this, "This year sucked, thank God it's over, we'll be saved by next year. Phew! Oh ya! This year blew! This next year I'm going to be new!" (I'm not a song writer, but you get my gist.)
The death of celebrities was blamed on 2016. Bad health? 2016. High tension and stress? 2016. Political nightmares? 2016. Financial pressures? 2016. Getting fired? 2016. Not getting a book deal? 2016. That break up? Oh ya, THAT break up? 2016. Even Mariah's Times Square sound check issue, at the very last minute of 2016? 2016!
You name it, 2016 did some bad stuff to people.