-Happy- New Year

The New Year is upon us, my friends. It’s here. And I have to admit that I’m a little sad to say goodbye to 2016. A lot of great things happened last year, things that are leading into the awesome things that will be here this year.

That’s how we need to think of the years.

I’ve been bothered lately by how many people seem determined to call 2016 the worst year they’ve experienced, a horrible year that should never have happened, when really, 2016 was just another year. If you ask me, the year can’t do anything to you. That’s not possible. A year is defined as nothing more than a period of time, a collection of days. Days don’t hurt you, whatever you might think. They’re just days. They don’t have personalities. We do.

See, especially for creatives, it’s important that we don’t let events in the world around us get us down. We’re prone to being down, some of us. They say we’re more prone to depression, to anxiety, and for that reason, we need to do everything in our power to be positive.

Take 2016.

Yeah, a lot of not so good stuff happened. Cities were attacked by terrorists. We were forced to let go of people we love, to say goodbye to things we never thought we’d say goodbye to. Some of us suffered this year. Our security seemed stolen from us.

But you know what? That wasn’t the end.

Good things happened, too. Some of us had children. Others were published for the first time. Others got to travel the world and experience new and exciting things. We were given opportunity to breathe, to live, through another year.

Those are some pretty great things, too, and they’re the things we should be focused on.

See, we all go into a new year hoping it’s be perfect and wonderful and that nothing bad will ever happen, and then as soon as something goes wrong we start to blame this new year as one that backstabbed us when we were trying to be hopeful.

I have news for you.

The world isn’t perfect, and no year will be perfect. Bad things are going to happen, because that’s the way the world turns. But if you decide to think of life as life, of years as time to make life better and closer to perfection, those years will look better, whenever you look back at them. And when you reach the end of a year, you’ll find yourself thinking about the good things instead of the bad.

You’ll think about the people that lived, those that were rescued, the smiles on the faces of your friends and family, the laughter in everyone’s voices, the tears of joy and moments of peace.

And those are the things we all want to remember, when it comes down to it. Those are the things that keep us grounded, that remind us how happy life can really be, and the things that stave off those bad things, those times we dread to think of.

So my advice to you, creatives, is to find a few happy memories of 2016, and write them down. Then go out and make some new memories this year, memories that you’ll be able to look back and smile at for the rest of your life.

You’ll be glad you did.

Don’t trust me on that. Go out and do it, and find out for yourself.

I dare you.

{Rani Divine}