2017. The Year of The Savage?

This post was originally published on January 1st, but my site was acing up! :(

 

It's a new year..new opportunities

I woke up this morning not hung over (well, maybe that's because I don't drink) not tired, not anything; Except maybe a bit sleepy, because waking up at 7AM isn't fun... It is a new day in a new year, and that is the only thing that is different. I, like many others was very happy to see 2016 end. I still don't understand why 2016 decided to be one of the most shittiest years for mankind, but is was. And maybe in this new year, we'll see everything come full circle. I can only hope that all the bad that happened in 2016 was to shape us for whatever it is 2017 has in store.

2016 was the year of rigged elections, worldwide terror attacks, and saying goodbye to musical icons. While current events such as Hillary losing the election, the Orlando Night Club shooting, and the bombings in Brussels were happening, it seemed as though everyone around me was dealing with personal issues as well. Whether marriages were ending, jobs were declining, the desire to go to school was fading away, it was difficult to see the Silver-lining in all of this. We all had one common desire, and it was for 2016 to be over.

There was some good that happened this year. But sometimes it's easier to only focus on the bad, and not pay attention to the blessings around us. Maybe that's a flaw that we can fix sometime this year, but the damage (and pain) from 2016 still lingers on..

I wanted to take advantage of the holiday season to take a much-needed break from social media. As the end of the year vastly approached, my desire to produce and create fun images went away. I couldn't tell if I was in a funk or if I just stopped giving a f&ck. I just knew I wanted time to spend on my own and with those I loved most. Producing and uploading content to social media was the last thing on my mind. I took the time in and cherished every moment of it.,

I know some of you will understand what I mean, and why I was away for a while. I hope you also had the best time with yourself and your loved ones. 

I'm thankful that my professional life and my personal life took a really amazing turn this past year. With every passing year, I fall more and more in love with my best friend. Rady makes me laugh, shows me how to find the good in all the bad, teaches me patience, and reminds me everyday that I am on my own timeline and not anyone else's. He's never stopped supporting dreams and ambitions (no matter how out-of-the-norm they may be). He's never left my side and I'm excited for what 2017 has in store for us.

But in all honestly, I really don't know what will come of 2017...If there's one thing for sure is that I expect nothing. I don't want anymore disappoints. Entering 2016 I had a lot of high hopes and many were let down. There were many curveballs thrown in my direction that I quite honestly, didn't see coming. Did I expect for my family members and friends to be die hard Trump supporters? Did I think we'd still live in a world where we weren't ready for a woman President? Did I expect for Creatives to be taken FULL advantage of, in almost every industry? NO. I didn't. I expected better from us, and for us. I had a belief in our country and people that we were better than this. But unfortunately, that couldn't be further from the truth.

None the less, I'm ready.

Expecting nothing, and ready for anything.