A lot of people around the Internet believe that 2016 was the year of universal suckage, which can definitely be justified. Many influential people, such as David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Prince, Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds, George Michael, Gene Wilder, and Christina Grimmie (I still can’t accept that one), died. Countless people of color were needlessly terrorized, attacked, and murdered. Heinous war crimes were committed during the war in Syria. Protesters at Standing Rock were tear-gassed by police officers for exercising their First Amendment right to peaceably assemble. 50 LGBTQ+ Americans were killed and 53 more were injured in the biggest mass shooting in US history. Terrorist attacks have become part of the ordinary evening news cycle. One of the most disgusting people to ever exist was elected President of the United States, and his cabinet is made up of the whole basket of deplorables, from executives who use porn in their advertisements to proud Neonazis.
However, my friend (@/the.nerdy.queer.feminist on Instagram) posted a list of positive things that happened in 2016 (WHAT? NOT POSSIBLE!), and the things on this list make it pretty hard to claim that 2016 was 100% terrible.
This just goes to show that although horrendous things happen in the world, nothing is ever completely one way or the other. Yes, one of my favorite singers died and a giant orange monster is going to be President, but at the same time, medical breakthroughs were made, the environment got a little better, and more people are supporting everyone’s basic human rights .