If you live in the UK, the year has largely been dominated by the referendum leading to what has been called Brexit
and the potential implications this holds for the country. As it is totally uncharted territory, assumptions are being made at a staggering rate by people on both sides of the discussion, which has been vitriolic at times. In many respects, it has been the most divisive issue I have encountered.
In the US the dominant theme has been the presidential election
and Donald Trump. Hardly a day goes by when social media channels are not filled with something demeaning being hurled at Trump and his supporters or the other way. The anger and resentment has been staggering to witness and claims and counter claims of the consequences have abounded.
Europe, in particular, has struggled to cope with the influx of migrants
from various parts of the world as conflicts in the Middle East, Africa and other areas continued to decimate nations and displace families. Then, of course, the year end was dominated by the number of high profile and celebrity deaths which have occurred during the year and in particular in the last weeks of the year. These and so many issues around the world have cause some people to suggest 2016 is the worst year ever. Maybe it was and maybe it wasn’t. But it certainly was an interesting year.
Personally its has been a year in which I have discovered who I can trust and who to be weary of. A year in which I have had to re-evaluate the meaning of friendship and long held beliefs. It has been a year in which I have met some amazing people and want to thank you for being a part of that experience. It has also been a year of acquiring new skills and honing existing ones. A year of much personal growth and not a little heartache. 2016 was a defining year.
However, 2016 with all its ups and downs, unexpected outcome and the consequences they hold, will not hold me back from writing my name in large letter across 2017.
As many people begin returning to work and business tomorrow, which may include you, what are you going to do with this unwritten, blank cheque ahead of you? For some people it will be much the same as 2016. Moaning and complaining about the thing they can do nothing about and doing nothing about those things they can do something with.
What about you? What will you do?
2017 will have opportunity mixed with challenges. Grab the opportunities with both hands and hang on through the the challenges. It is your actions which will make all the difference.
As I said earlier, 2016 has been an interesting year. But for all its ups and downs, I would not have missed it for any reason. The same is true with 2017. I will not miss it if it is up to me.
I look forward to chatting with you through this year, either in person or via social media and look forward to my life being enriched while I hopefully enrich yours.
I hope you have an awesome 2017.