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Stop blaming 2016

Any­one on social media has seen thou­sands of posts blam­ing 2016 for all and sundry events: Weather, elec­tion results, break-​ups with girlfriends/​boyfriends, and of course, celebrity deaths.

It’s come to the point that stat­ing that 2016 Is Not Killing Peo­ple is an unpop­u­lar opin­ion, no mat­ter than the writer cor­rectly notes that addic­tions cut lifespans.

I must admit that blam­ing 2016 for weather events is a refresh­ing change from the global warm­ing cacoph­ony. As to elec­tion results, books are being writ­ten. Roman­tic rela­tion­ships some­times end bit­terly, but, if two months after the fact you are still carp­ing about it on Face­book, may I sug­gest that you seek counseling?

As for griev­ing celebrity deaths, it’s sad that tal­ented peo­ple whose art delighted us and shed insight on the human expe­ri­ence have passed away. It’s also worth­while to keep in mind that many times we project onto celebri­ties our emo­tions, our foibles, regard­less of whether that per­son shares them or not.

Of course every­body enjoyed Alan Rickman’s acting,

George Michael’s singing,

and of course every lit­tle girl (and a lot of big girls) wanted to be Princess Leia. But there are peo­ple closer to us who inspire is to become our bet­ter selves.

My mom, who died in Octo­ber, at age 96, is one of them. Another one is a gen­tle­man who was on the board of the Prince­ton stu­dio of Record­ing for the Blind and Dyslexic (now Learn­ing Ally). He was a pio­neer in his field at work, a fun and witty guy who answered my five-​year-​old son’s ques­tions about it, a leader in his reli­gious com­mu­nity, a good friend, father and hus­band. We lost touch over the years, and I found out about his pass­ing just two days ago. When I looked up his obit­u­ary I also found out he was a war hero, dec­o­rated with two Pur­ple Hearts.

So let’s lift a prayer of thanks for those who inspire us to be our bet­ter selves.

And stop blam­ing 2016 for everything.

Related:
Christo­pher Harper on learn­ing from fail­ure.

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes on Latin Amer­ica and thr U.S. at Fausta’s blog.

Anyone on social media has seen thousands of posts blaming 2016 for all and sundry events: Weather, election results, break-ups with girlfriends/boyfriends, and of course, celebrity deaths.

It’s come to the point that stating that 2016 Is Not Killing People is an unpopular opinion, no matter than the writer correctly notes that addictions cut lifespans.

I must admit that blaming 2016 for weather events is a refreshing change from the global warming cacophony. As to election results, books are being written. Romantic relationships sometimes end bitterly, but, if two months after the fact you are still carping about it on Facebook, may I suggest that you seek counseling?

As for grieving celebrity deaths, it’s sad that talented people whose art delighted us and shed insight on the human experience have passed away. It’s also worthwhile to keep in mind that many times we project onto celebrities our emotions, our foibles, regardless of whether that person shares them or not.

Of course everybody enjoyed Alan Rickman’s acting,

George Michael’s singing,

and of course every little girl (and a lot of big girls) wanted to be Princess Leia. But there are people closer to us who inspire is to become our better selves.

My mom, who died in October, at age 96, is one of them. Another one is a gentleman who was on the board of the Princeton studio of Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (now Learning Ally). He was a pioneer in his field at work, a fun and witty guy who answered my five-year-old son’s questions about it, a leader in his religious community, a good friend, father and husband. We lost touch over the years, and I found out about his passing just two days ago. When I looked up his obituary I also found out he was a war hero, decorated with two Purple Hearts.

So let’s lift a prayer of thanks for those who inspire us to be our better selves.

And stop blaming 2016 for everything.

Related:
Christopher Harper on learning from failure.

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes on Latin America and thr U.S. at Fausta’s blog.