We all experienced 2016 differently. Some of us thought it was a great year filled with wonderful accomplishments and others couldn’t wait for it to be over. But either way, 2017 is here and this new year is full of possibilities.
With this new year that is just beginning, most of us have lots of dreams that we want to realize, and we can’t wait to get started.
But before I reveal to you guys what I expect from 2017, I thought I would make a retrospection of what happened to me in 2016.
What happened to me in 2016
Personally, 2016 was a particularly weird year. First, my youngest daughter went away to travel around the world with her boyfriend, next one of my dearest friends went back with her family to France where she lived before.
Then, my beloved dog Myrka got very sick, and she had to cross the Rainbow Bridge. This was the worst part of the year, and I’ll confess that I’m still grieving.
This little dog meant a lot to me, and it was very had to let her go, even though I knew it was the right thing to do.
But last year wasn’t all bad! I celebrated my 50th birthday and bought a brand-new Jeep Cherokee Sport 2017. My stepson got married and I also went on my very first trip by plane to San Francisco with my husband and another couple.
So you see, even though 2016 was filled with a lot of sadness, great things also happened to me during that year. I see what happened to me as experiences that we have to learn from. And as I always say:
Everything happens for a reason!
Although I usually don’t accept things without a fight, sometimes we have to give in to our fate and go on with our lives. When we have done everything we could to change what happened to us, we can be at peace with ourselves.
What I hope 2017 will bring me
Like I said earlier, 2016 ended on a good note. I bought my new car, I got to see my daughter and her boyfriend on our trip to San Francisco, and I celebrated my 24th wedding anniversary.
That’s why I have high hopes for 2017 in my personal and professional life. My health is good (all things considered), I have a good job that I love and I’m still in love with my hubby after 25 years. My parents will both celebrate their 80th birthday this year and our 3 children are happy and healthy.
So I don’t need anything more, for now. What I’m really excited about though is that my daughter is coming back to Canada in April or May. She’s been gone for 8 months now and I can’t wait to see her again.
Also, my husband and I are gonna be grandparents for the first time. Yes, my stepson and his wife are expecting their first baby in June.
What I fear for 2017
Where I’m a little less confident is where our world is going. People really need to lighten up and start paying attention. When I say “paying attention” is starting to listen to one another as well as being more aware of everything and everyone around them.
People are more and more shallow. They connect through technology and are more and more afraid of talking with other people face to face. We are living in a world where everybody is an island. What do I mean? Let me explain!
People don’t call, they text. They don’t visit; they communicate on social media instead. Just look at people sitting in a restaurant. Couples aren’t talking with each other; they are just sitting there, face down on their phones.
What it creates is people who aren’t communicating directly with the person beside them because it’s easier to text or chat than to start a conversation.
Ok, I’ll admit that it is much more convenient, but what it does is that we become lazy self-centered. That’s what builds individualistic societies.
What I hope 2017 will bring everyone
I know that some people won’t agree with what I just said and that’s ok, you’re entitled to your opinion, and I’m entitled to mine. We’re all different people with different ways of thinking. That’s what makes life interesting!
But personally, all of this frightens me a little and I seriously hope that 2017 will make people more aware of their surroundings. I know that I’m doing it and that’s why you’ll see less of me on social media.
Don’t worry, I won’t disappear completely because I love to get my Facebook fix, but I’m trying to do other things. And I’m sticking to my bi-monthly post schedule so you can be sure that I’ll continue to post every other Tuesday.
Over to you
Now that I shared with you guys my retrospection of 2016 and my hopes and fears for 2017, I’d like you to do the same with us in the comment box below. I would definitely love to read your thoughts on this!