The end of 2016 is rapidly approaching, and I’ve heard and read many comments about how this year has been “the worst ever.” To hear some people talk, it’s been the worst year in the history of the world. Newsflash: it hasn’t been! Sure, bad things have happened, just like any other year. It’s just life: messy, not always easy, sometimes hard. But we laugh, we cry, we live. That’s what we’ve done this year and every year before, and it’s what we’ll do next year. So, I am endeavoring to close out the year with a list of good things that have happened. At least the good things that have touched my own little corner of the world. (Disclaimer: This will not include every single good thing that happened to me this year. Also, this list is in no particular order.)
The Broncos won the Super Bowl! More importantly, Peyton Manning won the Super Bowl–the best football player of my generation and a darn good person. He deserved to go out on the very top and he did. It still fills my heart with joy and happiness for him.
I celebrated that SB victory with THOUSANDS upon thousands of fellow Bronco fans, with the team, and with a dear friend of mine at the official SB celebration parade. I may never have the chance to do something like that again…it was amazing to be part of something so big (literally–did you see how many people were there?!). Also, SOB (Son of Bum) looked/pointed directly at me.
Serving as a Delegate…was entirely amazing! It was something I never imagined I would have the chance to do and I absolutely loved every minute of it. I got to attend the county and state assemblies, as well as the assemblies for my congressional and judicial districts. While at these events, I had the opportunity to hear many candidates speak and even got to meet Senatorial candidate Darryl Glenn! Being so deeply involved in the political process gave me a sense of such purpose and belonging at times; I hope that I can recapture those feelings in the future.
Volunteering for Marco Rubio was another first for me this year. The first time I’d ever volunteered for a political candidate. The first candidate that I truly believed in with all of my being. He represents all that is still good in government and the kind of leader that we so desperately need. (Working for Rubio is at the top of my list of dream jobs.)
Spring Break Skiing. Went skiing for the first time EVER with my BCFFL over our shared spring break vacations. The quintessential spring break trip. She was “Marshmallow Flash.” I was “The Pink Turtle.” We ate dinner at Ollie’s (much friendlier than the one in Breck) where we had delicious food and learned heart-breaking news. I was gifted O Boov, whom I treasure. And neither one of us broke any limbs or body parts. We made memories that will be treasured for a lifetime.
Going to the NCAA Tournament!! This was something that I have wanted to do for my entire life, and this year I was finally able to do so with none other than the best sports companion in the whole world, my Dad. After all, my love of college basketball is due to him. It was amazing, even through my sickness. 2018, here we come!
Josh Groban! For the third time in my life, I got to see my favorite singer perform live and in person. He literally has the voice of an angel. Not to mention he’s incredibly funny and pretty easy on the eyes, as well.
Princess. Towards the beginning of the year, I adopted a cat who’s owner had passed away. She is the best furry companion I could ever ask for and I am convinced that we were meant to be together.
Summer with my BCFFL! My BCFFL spent a couple of glorious weeks with me this summer. We went hiking, took a road trip to New Mexico to spend the weekend with our cousins (and eat Whataburger), cooked dinner together…she even ate lunch with me at work every day.
My best friend got married! I had the honor of serving as MOH for my bff’s wedding, which meant also planning a bridal shower and bachelorette party from a state away, which was a whirlwind but so much fun!
Two words: Skating Rink. After nearly a 10 year absence, Dad and I returned to a place where we both grew up…the Pretty Prairie Skating Rink. It smelled the same. It looked the same. A lifetime (or two) of memories were held in the slick hardwood floors and sturdy brick walls.
Derek Carr and the Raiders. This season has been nothing short of magical and miraculous for Raiders fans like myself who have loved the team through nearly a decade and a half of disappointing seasons. It’s been an incredible journey and I’m just not ready for it to end yet.
Okay, so there’s my list of good things that happened in 2016. It’s not every good thing that happened for me this year (if I listed every single thing that I did or that made me happy in some way, we could be reading for days). But the point is that I feel better after having written out this list, because I can reflect on the people and things I found joy in this past year. I encourage you to make a list of good things that 2016 brought your way, as well. I bet you’ll feel better after you do.
Love & Light in the new year,