New Year's Day 2017 – Mixed emotions

Today is the first day of a new year. I have mixed emotions about the move from 2016 to 2017.

On a personal level, 2016 was a pretty good year for me. My work is going well. I was able to complete some major projects. I really like and respect my manager and she holds me in high regards and has told me that numerous times.

My relationships with family, friends and others are going well. I still love my home and I’m continuing to make improvements to it. Financially, I doing fine.

2016 was good for me personally, but there were some really ugly things that happened nationally.

The presidential primaries and the election were extremely ugly. It seemed like every day, there was some new ugly, gut-wrenching turn. I’m glad that it’s over, but the outcome has left me worried, concerned, fearful and sad. After the “Great Disaster” on November 8, 2016, I’m actually on the verge feeling hopeless.

It’s for this reason that I hate to see 2016 go. The thought of what is going to happen only a little over 19 days from now makes me want to cry.

It’s like I’m trapped in a car with no brakes, no steering and no way to get out. The car is hurtling toward a solid brick wall at 70 mph and there is nothing I can do about it. The optimist in me tells me that we’ll all survivr, but this is nothing like we’ve ever experienced before. I can see how it coule ALL end very badly.

Yesterday, I order some “I Support President Obama” bumper stickers, which I will have on my car for at least the next four years.

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