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Goodbye 2016

Category: 2016
Posted: 01/01/17 01:25

by Dave Mindeman

So long 2016. Can't say I am sorry to see you go. You took a lot of the best of us with you...and left us with a truck load of uncertainty.

I won't be celebrating the new year. Just can't do it. It doesn't feel like we are taking any kind of step forward...more like several steps backward.

Goodbye to you 2016. You allowed us a glimpse of history in the making and then yanked the rug out from under us.

The political victors are happy. They will be celebrating the unexpected turn of events in this remarkable year. But 2017 may not be so kind to them either. The old adage is, be careful what you wish for. For 2017, that stands as being oh so true.

Adios 2016. We will try to carry on. You seemed to be intent on erasing a lot of our memories. You took so many of the iconic people that we treasured from bygone days...and then added a few of the younger generation as well. It was a cruel thing to do, especially when so many things were in turmoil. Were you trying to tell us something. Do we need to reassess who we are?

We will remember you 2016. We will remember the barriers you broke... some good, some bad. We will remember how you shook our democracy and left our future in the shaky hands of an unknowable force. We will remember those we have lost and how irreplaceable they seem.

We will remember you 2016 and then we will move on. Where we are going is now in the hands of the 2017 and beyond. We will adjust. It will not be as easy as in the past, but we have done it before. Because we understand who we are at our core.

We may run into obstacles that seem insurmountable, but that just makes us all the more determined.

2016...you will not defeat us. We may be knocked down, but we will get back up. And we will persevere until we can make 2017 and the years that follow a time that will show our resilience and our true character.

Goodbye 2016. Can't say it was good to know you.
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