The dumpster fire that is 2016 is almost over.
With every coming new year, it is chance to forget the past and move on to the future, which could not be more true for 2017. With the loss of a gorilla, the deaths of many iconic stars, and the current president-elect who doesn’t know what he is doing with government, 2016 has been a struggle.
On national level 2016 was a circus, and personally 2016 had its low points as well. While I had the amazing opportunity to lead my own Alternative Break to Kissimmee, Florida, to work with the incredible non-profit Give Kids the World, I visited New York and Washington, D.C. for the first time, and I love my work here at the Sentry, I also had to deal with unexpected interruptions.
I broke up with my partner of two-and-a-half years in a less than amicable way, I’ve watched my grandparents live with failing health, and my family experienced the sudden loss of a cousin. It’s moments like these that have pushed to put my life into perspective.
Many tears have been shed in the past few months. This semester everything that I knew changed. It’s been one curveball after another. I had to relearn what it was like to be on my own again—a transition that I have come to enjoy. I never realized how much of my independence I had lost in the past few years. I’ve been reading more, rediscovering my favorite albums, and cooking my sorrows away.
2017 is already looking up. I have a trip to London planned, and I’m graduating on time with honors. As I prepare for my next steps in life, I can only thank 2016 for being an utter disaster because now I know what it takes to hold my life together even when there are cracks in the foundation.
Sometimes there needs to be a dumpster fire in order to appreciate the good in life.
Cheers to a new year and new beginnings. Have a great break, CU Denver.