I didn’t feel like I knew what to call this post hence the one word title… I assure you I’m not trying to be cool, punchy or original – in fact it’s quite the opposite. But I think it sums up the overall feelings going around the world right now.
2016… where do I start?
What a year… To say 2016 started differently to how it’s ending is an understatement: I had such high hopes for this year. 2015 was very tough on me and my family but it ended on a high with spending Christmas and New Year with my favourite people and making promises to myself for the year ahead.
I’m not massively into New Year’s resolutions, but I tend to focus more on the things I wanted to achieve for the next year – I was going into 2016 with a new job under my belt with brand new challenges, wanting to put more time and effort into my blog by posting more regularly and really getting into the Manchester Blogging scene overall – some of which I feel I have done to a degree. So where did it all go wrong?
The funny thing is, not one person I have spoken to about this year is saying they’ve had a good time – not one. Isn’t it strange? Maybe humanity as a group was meant to face a tough year to bring us all together (which in some ways it has) but ultimately, it feels as though the world is falling apart around us. I’m not into politics, and I’ll be the first to admit that, but what I do know is that my generation hate living in a time of so much uncertainty and in a world where people aren’t seen as equals for what they believe, what they do as a job, who they want to marry etc.
We’ve grown up in a time where men and women still get paid differently for doing the same job, mother’s struggle to juggle their newborns with their careers and the amount of women in CEO and MD positions is decreasing… yet women have continued to fight against this regardless. Truthfully, we were so close to having a real woman powerhouse in charge of such a great nation, and it just feels as though the rug has been pulled from under our feet yet again.
But I’m not posting this to be Pro-Hillary and act like I have a degree in American politics…
It’s more of an observation that 2016 has managed to not only affect me in ways that I wasn’t expecting, but also the world as a whole. Life has been so hard this year, and I just hope that in the years to come, it manages to get a bit easier.
My main aspiration for 2017 is that things will start looking up, not only for me but for the rest of the world. I’m tired of feeling deflated when I read the news, or look at Social Media, and I think it’s time as influencers that we do something about it. I’m not saying Social Media is the answer to everything, but as a group, our impact on other people is huge, and if used in the right way, I think amazing things can happen… Or at least that’s what I’m hoping; I’m not going to single-handedly try and change the world or anything…
In my own personal life, I’m going in to 2017 without putting too much pressure on it, as I think that was one of my major downfalls this year. I’m not saying I don’t have things to look forward to, because I do, but if I don’t have high expectations then I can take each day as it comes and appreciate the little things that add to the bigger overall picture.
I’ve had some of the biggest challenges I’ve ever faced in 2016. Nothing can be worse than this year in my eyes.