We are almost into February (or if you are reading this on Wednesday then it is already February-hurrah) which means that very soon we will be even further away from 2016. YES! 2016 was a strange year. However, it was also a year that I learnt a lot about myself and my children. Here are my 20 things that 2016 taught me.
20 things that 2016 taught me:
- That a lot of very bad things can happen in one year! 2016 what were you on? 2016 you left me broken-hearted.
- Cancer is a b$tch. Yes, I knew this already but 2016 really rammed that message home for me.
- That money buys you power, I’m looking at you America. It feels like anyone can become president if you have enough money. This backs up what I have always said about a job interviews – “it’s a fix, the best person didn’t get the job!”
- That sexism is still very real and it’s everywhere. Coming out of the mouth of Trump, inferred in the reporting of Theresa May, and the price of “female” razors etc, etc.
- That I am a feminist. A bad feminist (because I might have had a dream about Ryan Gosling in which I told him to shhh because I wasn’t interested in his feminist views but I was interested in his body, his body only). But I am a feminist all the same.
- That feminism is no longer a dirty word and that it doesn’t have the same negative connotations that it used to have.
- That when you are questioning the world that we now live in and asking whether it is all going down the toilet, your children will remind you that there is still hope by cracking an inappropriate joke about trumping presidents accompanied with sound effects.
- That when you think you have nailed parenting your children come along and remind you that you haven’t.
- That Jersey is a very beautiful island but I still did not feel fully settled, that I still felt a teeny weeny bit claustrophobic.
- That I am not as flighty as I thought. 2016 was the year we celebrated our ten year wedding anniversary and one year later I am still writing this blog.
- That it is possible to find a positive in among all of the negative. You just have to look really hard. Look at how the world has reacted to the news in America, how people are shouting for their voices to be heard and how lots of people are raging against the machine. We are showing that we are not prepared to accept sexism, homophobia and racism. We just need to make sure we make our voices are heard in an appropriate fashion.
- Brexit happened and I realised that the UK wasn’t as progressive and welcoming as I thought. Brexit made home weird. I’m not sure where I belong now.
- I am capable of more than I realised. I somehow won an award for this blog. I still don’t know how I did it and I am still convinced that it was a mistake.
- That I don’t believe in myself. See above.
- That life is short. Chase your dreams while you can. Don’t let anyone stop you.
- That flu injections are important. Get your flu injection unless you want to spend two weeks properly poorly.
- That when you said that you had suffered from the flu in the past, you really hadn’t. That was a heavy cold. Real flu is evil
- That I need to stop over-analysing. Also, don’t constantly ask yourself why you write this blog, just enjoy writing, and enjoy doing what you love.
- That you will enjoy being on the radio where no one can see your face, but you will hate being in the news where everyone can see your face. You don’t like having a camera shoved in your face, the photographer who spent half-an-hour telling you to relax in your photo and to smile can confirm this. Although, photographers everywhere, take note, never say RELAX to someone, it immediately makes them tense up.
- Finally, live in the now and focus on the good. 2016 was a toxic year and we could let it drag us down. Instead we should be living in the now and focussing on the positives. We shouldn’t let 2016 beat us because 2017 is going to be a brilliant year, Share the good and we make sure that our voices are heard.
What have you learnt from 2016?