As I write this, your social media accounts are likely flooded with memes talking about how horrible 2016 was because Prince and Bowie and Princess Leia (and Leia’s mom) all died and everyone’s Christmas was ruined, and oh yeah, Trump won too.
2016 was an intense year, for a variety of reasons. Perhaps the most significant of which is that I believe it’s the year that our attention reached full saturation (more on that below) causing every smallish piece of news to feel like it’s both world-ending and totally-not-a-big-deal-and-maybe-not-even-true, all at the same time. We now live in a post-truth world, and I think we’ll look back at 2016 as the year in which that began. The seeming omnipresence of celebrity deaths is merely a side effect of that.
But I don’t want to talk about politics here. I want to speak more personally. Because, personally, 2016 was likely the most pivotal year of my life.
My plan with this post is to simply go over all of the major themes of the year for me, and reflect on them a bit, see what I’ve learned and what can be gleaned going forward. Unlike most of my articles, this …