As 2016 ends, people are saying things on social media like '2016, please end.' This year has seen some tragedies. For my generation, the 1960s born, it's been hard because several celebrities who defined our time have passed away. George Michael who died on Christmas day is one example. David Bowie is another. In India, just recently, our currency was demonetised. This initiative was part of a drive to root out the curse of black money, which has been crippling the economy. Millions of people were avoiding tax and hiding undeclared income at home. The shortage of cash has been difficult for everyone, though, especially the poor. The tragedy of terrorism in the world and war in Syria has ensured that the dream of world peace remains exactly that.
Personal losses and gains
My mother and her sister, a dear aunt of mine, died in July, causing me huge personal loss. I'm neither blaming the year, nor begging it to end. I really dread the year ending because when it began, my loved ones were still alive and part of my life. As the new year starts, they'll become a part of 'last year' and slip into the past. On the plus side, my daughter did brilliantly in her school leaving examinations, gaining around 95% and getting a place in a famous college. So the year wasn't all bad news and tragedy.
I'm at a place where I'm trying to count my blessings. I'm thankful for my mother and aunt and the great blessing they've been to my life. I want to move into the future with a positive attitude and hopefully, be a blessing to others. I have some difficulties to overcome along the way, but I'm positive that I'll overcome them. So I look forward to 2017 with hope and a positive attitude.