I am sure there have been a lot of worse years in human history, but with its combination of the war in Syria, Brexit and Trump winning, the de-facto-counter-coup in Turkey, constant terror attacks and the refugee crisis and the resulting European move to the right - it’s been pretty shitty.
Most of this crap was a continuation of 2015, of course, and in the same way there isn’t much reason to expect 2017 will be much better. In fact, what with how things have been developing, there is every reason to brace for a few hard years to come, until the world calms down a little again.
So, all the more reason to hold on to the good things in life. Enjoy the company of your friends, love the people you love all the more, be the best version of yourself you can be. Create something beautiful if you can, and if you can’t, support as many people who do as possible by reading novels and comic books, going to the theatre and the movies and doing all the other things that make life a richer experience. Engage in political discussion, and try to change the discourse to a more positive, embracing one that we all know can exist. Focus on the good, and bear the bad with calm resolve.
Let’s have a beautiful and inspiring 2017, everybody.