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The Year That Was

A new year. A time for reflection. A time for memories.

Up until a couple of years ago, I always did a Year in Review entry about things in a lot of detail. Three years ago, I changed it up and didn't do that, only something along the lines of a year's perspective. I've come to realise that the year is done. Life has wound its course for 2017, and there's no point dwelling on it too much. That's not to say that I won't remember 2017. I am, I do, and I will. But I can't live in the past, though I can certainly learn from what happened last year. At least I hope so.

For me personally, the year was epitomised by the political situation in the United States (aka Donald Trump, President), the extent to which terrorism ruled the headlines, and the various deaths in both the entertainment and music industries, notably of individuals my own age or younger; this has brought home my own mortality, in some respects, but has just been saddening in others. I can say that my health didn't drastically improve over the course of 2017, though I did lose a bit of weight, and my blood sugars aren't totally under control. I guess, when it comes down to it, I still have a lot to learn about my insulin therapy. The bigger health issue struck from about February onward, with pain in my left shoulder that has now worsened and seems connected to cervical spinal issues I'm having. That may be the big personal story for me over the coming year, but we'll see what we shall see.

I can't honestly say there were a lot of 2016 highlights and lowlights that I'll look back on with any real fondness or annoyance, but there were a few of both during the course of the year. I like to think that I'm a bit of a better person for what happened in 2017, but there's room for improvement, and I hope to be a better person yet again in 2018.

That's really all I have to say about 2017.

Now? It's time to look forward. And all the good/great stuff that's going to happen this year.

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