Monday, 1 January 2018

2018, PLEASE BE BETTER.

I don’t really know how but we did it but we did. Congratulations everyone; we survived 2017! Last year was not all rays of sunshine but as this year begins I think reflecting on some of the things we did as one world in 2017 is a good idea. This is one of my favourite blog posts to write because it fills me with a sense of hope that no matter how bad things get something good is waiting just around the corner.

Personally, 2017 was difficult. I know everyone says it but 2017 really was the most difficult year that I’ve faced so far. There’s been a lot of times where I’ve felt like quitting but with a little help from my friends and family, as well as some help medically, I think I’m getting back on track. Good days and bad days will continue to appear but I’m hopeful that the good days will be a lot more prominent in 2018. However, some good stuff happened in 2017. I GOT INTO UNIVERSITY, that’s the biggest highlight of my year. I went to watch Matilda on the West End. I got a job. I managed to keep an Instagram theme for about two weeks, I’m getting better see. In all seriousness though, I accomplished some stuff in 2017 and I’m proud of myself for that.



Publically, there were a lot of good things we did. 2017, here’s your list…
  • Gay marriage was legalized in Australia, Germany, Finland, Malta and a long list of other places
  • Scientists have found a way to successfully rebreed sections of the Great Barrier Reef
  • 80 heroic bystanders formed a human chain to save a drowning family on a Florida beach
  • The snow leopard has been taken off the endangered species list
  • Prince Harry got engaged to Meghan Markle
  • A 30-year-old man saved dozens of lives during the deadly shooting at a musical festival in Las Vegas
  • Israeli scientists announced a new treatment for ALS
  • Peggy Whitson, the first woman to command the International Space Station, broke the US record for the most cumulative days spent in orbit
  • Southwest Airlines flew a plane full of puppies to help them escape from Hurricane Harvey
  • Scientists invented a spray gun that shoots stem cells onto burn victims to regrow their skin without scars
  • HIV/AIDS is no longer the leading cause of death in Africa
  • A homeless man who helped young survivors of the Manchester attack was given a home
  • Florida high school students started a club so that no one has to each lunch alone
  • A man sent 40 pounds of cookies to a soldier he’d never met
  • The nationwide drought in the USA is over after the last few years
  • A woman donated all the food from her cancelled $30,000 wedding to feed the homeless
  • The first Zero Waste Shop in the United Kingdom has opened
  • Canada has passed a Bill that bans airlines from removing passengers from overbooked flights and must offer compensation
  • The honey bee population has increased by 27%, researchers have also found an insecticide that doesn’t kill bees
  • Conservationists agreed to plant 73 million trees over the next 6 years in the Amazon rainforest. New Zealand’s next prime minister wants to plant 100 million trees next year
  • Denmark became debt free this past March for the first time in 183 years
  • Zimbabwe put a ban on the beating of all children in the country
  • In Lexington Kentucky, people who received parking tickets were able to pay them off by donating canned goods to the local food banks
  • A Colorado woman won $3.3 million in the lottery the same week she quit her job
  • A 98-year-old woman has written almost 7,000 letters to men and women serving in the armed forces
A lot of bad things happened this year, there’s no way of getting around it. There’s still a racist, sexist, bigoted man in charge of the free world. Too many talented people were taken from us such as Sir Bruce Forsyth, Chester Bennington, Roger Moore, John Heard, Edith Windsor, Harry Dean Stanton, Robert Hardy, Chris Cornell with a long list of people following that. The world was shook by events such as Manchester, Las Vegas, Grenfell, London Bridge, Borough Market; with these being just a few that come to mind. These terrible tragedies need to end and as we hope and pray from the to stop it is the kindness and generosity that arises from these events fills me with a bit of hope in humanity that one day maybe, just maybe, the world will become a better place.

I recently watched Google's Year in Search video and it really hit home about everything that's happened in the world this year, I was actually sobbing at it by the end. It reminded me that no matter how bad things get, there's always a light at the end of the tunnel. I definitely think you should give it a watch.


I guess there’s just one last thing to say to you all then; HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE! Thank you for all the support from you this year, I know I’ve been a bit absent in the old blogosphere this year but hopefully, we’re on the up and up again. Your support has carried me through this year and has kept my blogging spirits up in times of hardship. There will never be a thank you big enough to give all of you. 

2 comments:

  1. Happy new year!! I love the list of good things that have happened in 2017, it's good to look back on the positives :)

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  2. Happy New Year! This post was great; I love how you added the list of good things that happened in 2017, it really spreads positivity! :) I hope 2018 is a better year for you, keep up the great work blogging!
    Love,
    Jenna <3
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