29 Dec 2016

2016: Shit or Lit?

Well...fuck. What a year it's been. A year filled with death, political stupidity and bloody good music 2016 has had pretty much everything. Even from a personal perspective, this year has been mental. I've worked three jobs (one of which I was made redundant), I've moved house and I've worn pink trousers. With that being said I've decided to try to see the positives and negatives of this year to create this post, let's get into it!

Positives of 2016

After the duff hand we've been dealt this year, you'd think that looking for positives would be difficult. But lets not kid ourselves there's been some amazing things to happen in 2016. Let's look at the music for example. Frank Ocean (Frank freakin' Ocean) treated us to not 1 but 2 albums and they were both biblical. Endless and Blonde are follow ups to Channel Orange which have been 4 years in the making and in hindsight, it was worth the wait. All I ask is that Frank doesn't disappear off the face of the planet once again. Kanye dropped The Life Of Pablo which was definitely one of the best albums of year along with Colouring Book by Chance The Rapper and A Seat At The Table by Solange. But the best album of the year was Malibu by Anderson. Paak. Oh man I can't put into words how much I love this album but what I will say is that everyone has to listen to this work of art at least once. If you're interested in seeing my favourite songs of 2016, here's my playlist!

Other positives of the year were Stranger Things on Netflix and of course, Planet Earth 2. I am such a sucker for David Attenborough documentaries and this series was just so perfect. It was honestly some of the best TV I've seen and who can forget the iguana being chased by snakes?

My personal highlights of the year have to be attending London Fashion Week, seeing Chance The Rapper in Brixton and Wales' performance in Euro 2016. If there was one moment from 2016 that I could relive again it would be Wales vs Belgium and specifically THAT goal from Hal Robson-Kanu. And you know what? I actually cried when Wales won. Is that sad? I don't care because Wales' football team have been shit for years way before I was born and it was amazing to see us do so well finally.
I also bought a lot of new clothes and had a fair few pieces from Vivienne Westwood given to me as part of my uniform when I worked there. To fuel my narcissism, here's some of my favourite looks from the year.

Negatives of 2016

Hold on to your hats kids, because this could be long. First of all let's just get to the celebrity deaths. Jesus Christ there was so many. Prince, Muhammad Ali, Carrie Fisher, George Michael, Pete Burns, Ronnie Corbett, Terry Wogan and sooooooo many more. It's been horrendous! The worst part of it all is how they were all so important to their craft and how they changed the way thought. Prince presented himself as a mysterious androgynous male, something that was unheard of at the height of his fame and he shaped the rebellion against conservative music ideals. Muhammad Ali was a sporting great who will be remembered for his showmanship and his willingness to speak his mind on issues that were traditionally ignored like his opposition to the Vietnam War. I think 2016 will be year most people remember as the year we lost so many icons. 

To make matters worse, America really outdid themselves this year by electing Donald Trump as president. That still sounds weird. A campaign based on hate and misogyny led to Trump's victory and I still find it hard to believe that 53% of white women voted for Trump. This is the man who openly mocked a disabled journalist, who claims groping a woman is not sexual assault and plans on building a wall to stop Mexicans entering America. Aaaaaand if you thought it couldn't get any worse then just remember that Mike Pence will be vice president. Mike Pence is someone who is in favour of allowing businesses to refuse service to people of the LGBT community, someone who believes abortion is a sin and someone who believes you can 'cure' gay people with shock treatment. Well done America!!

From a personal perspective, 2016 has been pretty null to be honest. 4 days before Christmas my nan died which obviously is shit. I'm not one to dwell on this kinda thing but yeah it's shit. 
My social life (or lack of) was pretty dull too. I'm not kidding I think I must've had about 5 nights out this year so in 2017 I think I'll try and shake off my introvert shackles and maybe go out a bit more as that's what you're supposed to do in your 20's right? 

With all that being said, at least we made it through 2016! Let's see what 2017 has to offer! 


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