2016 2.0

2016 has been a dumpster fire. You know that. I know that. It’s not been great on an individual level, nor a global one, and it’s worth recognising that else how will we be able to fix anything?

However, I’ve decided to do a master post of all the things that have made me happy last year. Partially because it’s important to remember the good stuff and also because it gives me an opportunity to share all the little things that made me smile, laugh or shed a happy tear with whoever’s reading this.

  • Lemonade. Just… Lemonade
  • Frank Ocean finally released a new album and it was amazing
  • Childish Gambino gave us an album out of the blue and it’s funktastic
  • Rihanna giving us the gift that is Anti
  • Luke Cage
  • Bugs Bunny dancing to One Dance
  • Markiplier’s voiceover of dogs
  • The annual reminder that the national animal of Scotland is the unicorn
  • #UNAMEIT
  • #wastehistime2k16
  • Kermit the Frog memes
  • Joe Biden memes
  • That Arthur fist meme
  • Damn Daniel (look, I like that a young man feels confident enough in his masculinity to show some love to his friend without being all “No homo, bro”. More men should be like that. Love each other, guys)
  • Atlanta (the tv show, not the place) (although I’m sure the place is lovely)
  • Stranger Things
  • The Get Down
  • Jay Park’s new music *twerks in hangul*
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • Finally getting to read We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Formation
  • Beyonce dropping an album (did I mention this? TOO BAD)
  • Beyonce’s sister dropping an album
  • Serena Williams
  • Serena Williams TWERKING IN A BEYONCE MUSIC VIDEO
  • Michelle Obama. Cuz when they go low, we go high.
  • Simone Biles
  • Nicola Adams
  • Kadeena Cox casually laughing in the face of her illness to win multiple Paralympic medals
  • Issa Rae
  • Luvvie Ajayi
  • #BlackGirlMagic in general
  • Sadiq Khan winning (PoC Representation Matters)
  • My birthday cake
  • This song
  • Also this song
  • And this one too
  • The dance off I had with the guy at the till in a restaurant I went to the other day
  • Getting a tax rebate
  • The look on my mum’s face when I gave her some of it
  • My mum
  • My dad
  • My family
  • My friends
  • My boyfriend
  • My boyfriend’s family
  • BORK
  • The Nike ad of Indian girls just SLAYING EVERYTHING
  • The success of This Girl Can, one year on
  • Dude-oir photos (because everyone should get a chance to feel sexy)
  • That guy who sings a remix to the Golden Girls theme song (when he rips that wig off though)
  • Being able to do things that matter to me. I got to promote mental health in BME communities, I got one step closer to becoming a paeds nurse, I had important conversations with amazing people on incredible topics and I got a lot of hugs and free chocolate.

There are probably more I’m forgetting, but 50+ examples seems more than enough, right?

So it’s the new year. I’ve gotten back on the blogging train because I discovered I really liked doing it. I’m not gonna make any promises like last post, I’m just gonna keep on keeping on. This year will see the manifestation of many things that happened last year, not all of it good, and we will see a “sequel” of 2016 in a lot of ways. It’s inevitable. But with hindsight and foresight, hopefully we all can keep on keeping on and  fight the good fight and make the world a better place in our own little way. That’s my new year’s resolution anyway!

…Unless we all die because WW3 was triggered by a tweet.

 

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