A Year in Review: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of 2016

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Without a doubt, 2016 was a year of many ups and downs that resulted in a whirlwind of emotions. Yet the end of the year is upon us once more.

As the year comes to a close, it is important to remember the wise words of Buddha: “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”

2016 in review
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As we jump forward into the new year, it is important that we reflect on everything that happened in 2016. Reflect, remember, and hope some of it doesn’t repeat itself! Only then can we move forward into a fresh 2017.

Some things that hurt us the most were the number of prolific figures who died in 2016. These deaths included Alan Rickman, David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, Prince, Mohamed Ali, Gene Wilder, Gary Marshall, Florence Henderson, John Glenn, Anton Yelchin, Glenn Frey, Arnold Palmer, Zsa Zsa Gabor and many others. Their deaths hit their fans hard, and the world will never be the same without their talents.

It is hard to believe we are entering into a time in our lives where we will discuss the music of David Bowie and Prince with our children the way our parents talk about Elvis and the Beatles with us. Chilling thought, but so very true.

The number of memes, both humorous and not, in existence is incredible, and most originated this year! Can you believe that? Out of all the memes out there, we decided to make new ones based on events that occurred during 2016.

Harambe memes
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We have Trump memes, Clinton memes, Harambe memes, Evil Kermit memes, Arthur’s fist memes, Petty Joe Biden memes, and the list goes on.

Luckily we also added some hilarious new sayings to our inventory of relevant phrases. How many times did you say “Damn, Daniel” or compliment someone on their white vans? Though it seems like they’ve always been here, Facebook also got emojis this year giving us more diverse reactions rather than just “like.”

Then there were the viral internet challenges. While other years saw the Harlem Shake and Ice Bucket Challenge, this year it was all about The Mannequin Challenge. I think we’ve probably seen every version imaginable at this point.

Getting back to the more serious aspects of the year, deaths weren’t the only thing that caused a high tide of emotions. The U.S. presidential election had all of North America, and even other parts of the world, holding their breath.

No media outlets seemed to have an accurate handle on what was going to happen, making for some huge upsets throughout the campaign period. It’s still hard to believe it came down to people it did, but there’s nothing to do now but hold the president accountable for the actions he takes following his inauguration in 2017.

Presidential election
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Despite all of this, there were also some amazing strides made in 2016. I mean, besides the amazing phenomenon that was Pokemon Go. There were smaller things like the invention of glasses that enable people who are color blind to see colors.

Plus Leonardo DiCaprio finally won an Oscar, which was a long-awaited victory. Giant Pandas are no longer an endangered species (aww). And thanks to proceeds raised by the Ice Bucket challenge, The ALS Association made a major scientific breakthrough with the disease.

We have seen some new fads and fashions start, while others have become a thing of the past. We have been introduced to new genres of books, movies, and music, and have left other behind us. We have taken on a whole new list of slang terms and have confused many people with them.

All of this has been a part of 2016. Let’s see what 2017 brings!