Farewell 2016

Saturday, 31 December 2016

Farewell 2016

2016, oh how you have been a whirlwind, a rollercoaster, a real life horror movie, okay, that last one was quite the exaggeration, but we can all agree that 2016 wasn't the best year. 2016 was a year with quite a lot of memories, lessons, and experiences, some good, some bad, but all in all I have a lot to take with me into 2017.

I could tell you I had this massively adventurous year filled with so much joy or maybe a dramatic life-changing event, but it would be a lie. For me, 2016 has been a "filler year" shall we say, it wasn't overly filled with great times nor filled with bad times. Not a lot happened for me in 2016 and looking back it makes me a little sad, but I also don't care all that much, because in the past 12 months, 52 weeks, 366 days I have grown as a person, a blogger, a woman and a student in ways I wouldn't have otherwise. 

I wish I could have seen more of the world, I wish I could have met the love of my life or have gotten my dream job, but it's just not feasible for me, I am a 20-year-old student and life just doesn't happen like that for most of us. I still had a pretty good year, my blog grew more than I could have ever imagined, I got to do things I would never even have thought of, I met some amazing people, I got through my first year of university... a lot of great things happened this year and yes my life may not have been all the glitz and glamour of some, but there is plenty of time for that. 

This year taught me a lot and I think that is what is really important when it comes to years like this one. It's not always about how much you can squeeze into a year, it is what you can take with you into the next one. This year may not have been overly adventurous, but it has given me ideas for the next one, things I want to do next year to make 2017 more adventurous. This year I may have skipped a bunch of blog posts and let my blog slide, but in 2017 I won't. 2016 I found myself feeling sad about too many things I cannot control and with me I will be taking the lessons I have learned into the new year, that I cannot control everything and that sometimes it is best to just let things go the way fate moves them. I could list the many lessons I have been taught this year and the many ways I want to improve myself and my life in the new year, but we would be here all day and we would both get incredibly bored. 

I love the concept new year, not as a holiday, not as an event, but on the basis that it is filled with opportunity. People say that every day is a new chance to change your life, but the clean slate that a new year provides always seems like the best day to start. I am not one for setting resolutions, I don't tell myself to stop drinking fizzy drinks and go into the new year depriving myself of cola or lemonade, I set goals. I give myself 365 (366 on leap years for anyone who is picky) to complete the task in hand and I think that's a pretty cool concept, don't you? That we can be different people 365 days from now with different dreams, different goals and maybe even different faces if that's what you want, who knows. 

A year from now I want to be happy, healthy, in a career that brings me joy (#PRrequest a job in PR please), I want to be taking chances, adventures and I want to be blogging, I want to have gained more followers, I want to be getting more views, I want to work with amazing companies. Most of all I want to be creating content on here that I am happy with, that sparks joy. I recently wrote a post all about what I plan to do with my blog and how I no longer want to squeeze myself into a box, I want to be unique, creating content that not only brings me joy but brings readers joy too. 

I want to wish this incredibly odd and somewhat disastrous year a farewell and please don't be offended when I slam the door behind it. 2016 was the year Brexit happened, it was the year Donald Trump was voted president, the year we lost Prince, David Bowe, George Michael, Gene Wilder, Carrie Fisher and what feels like a gazillion other icons and idols. 2016 will be the year in the history books that is titled "Warning: May cause distress upon reading". 

2016 wasn't all that horrible, though, I mean if you're reading this you are here, you have made it all 366 days and I hope you are healthy, I hope you have loved ones surrounding you and I hope you are happy. We can roll our eyes at 2016, we can cry about it or we can simply call in the new year with a huge grin on our faces and hope to God it is a better one than this has been. So happy new year when it comes or if you're reading this in the future then I hope you're having a good one. I hope 2017 is all you could hope for, I hope you're happy, healthy and your year is filled with joy, adventure, love, and success. 

Now this was a word vomit for sure, but I think it's the perfect way to end 2016 on heythererobyn. 

Name one thing that has happened in 2016 that has brought you joy and one lesson you are taking with you into the new year in the comments.

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