If you listen to Twitter 2017 has been awful and nobody can wait to leave it behind. The problem with this narrative is that whether a year has been bad or good is subjective. For some 2017 sucked, but for others it was probably a good year.
You can point at the negative news stories, the attacks and tragedies, but we have those every year, and honestly, is that how you remember the years as time goes by? Or do you remember them for the personal reasons?
It’s the personal ones, obviously. And for me 2017 has been mainly good.
There were bad points, in April I lost my grandfather, and the stress and hassle of organising a wedding pushed me to the limit. There were days when I got stressed, when I was angry, when dragging myself out of bed was a real effort. I watched as friends struggled with things, and discovered that even after decades a friendship can die and be cast aside.
But this isn’t Nottingham, and the ups outnumber the downs. Those ups were, in no order;
Getting married. While the planning drove me bonkers, the actual day was great. There were no dramas and at the end of a brilliant, fun day surrounded by loved ones, I went home with my new wife. I felt luckier and happier than ever.
After this came two great weeks in Florida where I thoroughly enjoyed Walt Disney World, far more than I expected.
Elsewhere I got to spend time with my friends and family, reconnecting with them and seeing as their lives developed and grew.
I welcomed the arrival of my niece, one of the cheeriest babies I’ve ever met and got to see my nephew’s personality develop.
My little family grew too as WoM and I got a dog, Ozzy. While he can be a pain in the arse at times, I wouldn’t change him for the world.
So, all in all, 2017 was a good year for me and I enter 2018 feeling happy, optimistic and eager to see what the future holds.
I hope this year has been kind to my readers, and if it hasn’t that they have at least learned from it and emerge stronger and wiser to face the new one. I wish all of you the best for 2018.
Any thoughts? You know what to do. BETEO.