I Didn’t Hate 2016

There’s a reason why we don’t have cable TV in our house. We always use adblocker on the internet and don’t read a lot of magazines.

The world wants to tell you how to feel.

I don’t need to be told to wear more make-up, have designer clothes and furniture, vote for this person because the media says so, do this, don’t do that.

You know what? I’ve gotten this far by making decisions myself. People I know call me smart (thanks home schooling!), level-headed and classy. They also call me passionate about what I believe, that’s usually referring to my faith and religion, and of course my love of Star Wars.

I have standards and convictions, and I usually set the bar too high for myself. That’s something I’m working on. Folks, I finally understand how hard dieting is. If I go out to eat and the waitress asks if I want a cola, I suffer an internal struggle until I can overcome myself and reply through gritted teeth: “No thanks, water will be fine.” Yuck!

There’s so much I could rant about regarding how I want to live my life. As someone who has struggled with depression and anxiety, I try to stay positive and uplifting. Especially since I work in customer service. I hate being depressed! I don’t know the people I meet, and I don’t want them leaving the store feeling worse than when they came in. I smile, I ask about their day, and I wish them well. I sure can’t remember everyone I meet, and it’s sometimes hard trying to care about other people’s problems, but I try.

For the last month my facebook feed has been filled with people complaining about 2016, how it’s ‘the worst,’ and how next year will be so much better. I’m in the midst of creating a photobook for this year (I heart Shutterfly), and let me tell you, it’s been a crazy year for me too.

However, I haven’t experienced this year being quite as bad as the internet says it has. Sure, my grandmother died. I worked at a job I disliked for a few months. The apartment was hot as heck this summer and I almost had heat stroke twice.

BUT…I have a wonderful husband who loves and cares about me. I currently work at a job I enjoy. My pets are silly, have unique personalities and are awesome. I finished writing a novel this year. I got to travel. I struggle far less from depression. My family has been there when I needed them. I have everything I need.

So, let me ask you this…

How many celebrities am I supposed to care about? How many TV shows am I supposed to follow? What ridiculous music genre should I be listening to? Do I HAVE to wear Victoria’s Secret underwear (BTW, my husband say’s no)?

Am I a terrible person for not following mainstream trends?

You know what? I don’t care! I do care enough not to wear my pajamas out in public, but I’ll save that rant for later.

My whole point here is, 2016 didn’t completely suck. I’m willing to put negativity in the past and bring forth positivity into my present and future.

Here’s to another year in the books and a new one to enjoy.

Have a great 2017!

-Kristina Wise

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