2016 has been a funny one hasn’t it?
As most of you know I generally avoid the news as it is oft bleak and never usually rounded off with the heart warming story that makes you feel that the world isn’t always bad.
So, what will I think of 2016?
Thanks to social media however there are two very big events, and a fair few other happenings, that have had everyone talking, and subsequently that I could not miss.
Brexit and Trump. Two campaigns full of lies, mud-slinging and cat-fighting by folk with opinions bordering racism, facism and sheer bigotry.
There have also been some media worthy deaths. Famous faces that we have had in our hearts and minds for a long time.
Why raise these on this eve of celebration?
I am sure that there must have been something good that I didn’t get to hear about.
I have therefore had to look closer to home for reasons to be grateful.
You’re probably thinking, ‘oh dear, that guy doesn’t always have the best outlook on life so how is he going to find reasons to be grateful?!’ It’s true, my view can be somewhat blinkered at times and I think you now know why.
Well my chums, when I started thinking about it I realised that it was YOU that I am grateful for.
You lift my spirits when I am down.
You compliment me when I see self-doubt.
You share your wisdom when I see only stupidity.
In short, YOU remind me of the generous nature that the human race can have.
So, it is with warmth in my heart that I enter 2017 knowing that I have such an uplifting, wise and generous bunch of friends.
*raises glass of fizzy pop*
I wish you all the best for the coming year.