2016 was a horrible year. There I said it.
It took so many talented and wonderful people from us.
We had the appalling atrocities in Syria, the refugee crisis and the depressing lack of compassion displayed by people around the world. We had the rise of the far right across Europe. We saw devastating acts of terrorism against ordinary people just living their lives. We had Brexit and its horrendous aftermath which saw some parts of society seeming to think the decision made racism and bigotry a perfectly acceptable thing.
And then we had Trump… I cannot even go there. It still feels unreal.
I noticed so many of my friends struggle with their own physical and mental health and found it very hard to witness. It seemed this year got to everyone in one way or another.
Personally, I had a very rough year. My depression and anxiety peaked and I have yet to come out the other side. My self destructive behaviours hit an all time high; my health has suffered and I feel truly dreadful.
I can sum it up thus:
But today is the final day of this annus horribilis and we can only hope that 2017 is brighter.
I know I have a very steep mountain to climb in terms of self care and recovery and I am not looking forward to the challenges ahead. To be perfectly honest, it feels pretty impossible right now.
It will not be easy. But, unless I want to, literally, kill myself, I simply have to do it.
I truly hope next year brings you all, my readers and friends, only good things.
I wish you all good health, happiness, good fortune and good times. I know I can be a miserable old cow but underneath it all I really do care about y’all.
Here’s to better days ahead…
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