I cannot recall a time when I have ever been happier to bid farewell to a year. 2016 has been without doubt one of the worst years that I can recall. And I can recall some bad ones, I assure you.
There have been a few personal issues, that I will not be going into on a public forum. As well as that, there has also been an inordinate amount of deaths, both public, and personal too. Never has a year seen the Grim Reaper so busy. At least not one that I can remember.
On the plus side (and there isn’t much plus) we have seen people voting with their hearts for a change, and finally starting to engage in politics in a way that hasn’t been seen since 1945. Not everyone has been happy about that, on both sides of the Atlantic. But it has to be better than apathy, at least in my book.
Wars continue, religious conflicts continue. The rich get richer, the poor get poorer, and society carries on dividing in ever widening circles. It might well have been the worst year I can remember, during a relatively long life. In that respect, I wish it gone. I wish it forgotten, and disregarded by history.
So. I wish all of my readers and followers a much better year to come.
May 2017 bring you the realisation of your hopes and desires, and prove happy for you all, and your families too. May we all feel more positive, more hopeful, and less pessimistic. When the new year dawns, let us trust that it brings more positives than negatives, and delivers hope, instead of despair.
And if all else fails, we can continue to blog, to write, to post photos, and to feel part of an international community that crosses boundaries, language differences, and political opinions.
My sincere best wishes to you all. The readers, viewers, ‘likers’, and of course, the followers.
I wish you all a very Happy New Year from the quiet of Beetley, in rural England.