Not a single person I know was sad to say goodbye to 2016. Not a single one. Even people who had objectively good years hated 2016, and for good reason. Aside from the celebrity deaths, the natural disasters, the human disasters, and just general bad TV, 2016 had the mother of all headache-inducing elections. For 91 percent of the year, we had to listen to one asshole or another talk some bullshit about garbage (that’s the scientific description). But at least it’s over.
And, at least, it gave us more unprecedented moments than any year in recent history. Even the “unpresidented” thing was unprecedented. Most of the never-before-seen-events were terrible, but we should remember that a few were good. A “socialist” garnered 13 million votes in the Democratic primaries. A woman won a major party’s nomination for President, and won the popular vote. More women of color were elected to the Senate than ever before.
None of that is to paper over the garbage that’s ahead of us; a lot of things are still really terrible. But it should remind us that unlikely doesn’t mean impossible. If a lot of unprecedented nonsense happened in 2016 that you hated, spend 2017 make unprecedented magic.