Well, 2016 has been one heck of a year. In many ways, it feels like everything we once assumed cannot be counted on. Cleveland won a championship, the internet mourned a dead gorilla for over half a year, racial tensions exploded, Donald Trump won the Republican nomination --- and then the presidential election --- and so much more.
And for me personally, things seem to be even crazier. So many things have begun and ended. I had my last high school theater performance with some of my best friends, I graduated, I started college, two sisters got engaged, I gained a brother-in-law (and another next year!), and I had my first break-up (so yeah, maybe I was secretly a little bit salty when I was at that wedding). I moved out of the house I had lived in for 18 years --- oh yeah, I became a legal adult, too. I started playing Ultimate Frisbee, I have a significant chunk of a novel written, I changed my major that I had planned on for ten years (literally; I first decided I wanted to write when I was 8). I have roommates for the first time in my life (and an awesome floor as well). My lifelong career plan has taken a radical shift. I rarely play video games. I've seen my cat about four times, and I became obsessed with a band for the first time in my life. I've written more poetry this year than I will ever admit to.
If there's one thing I've learned from this year, it's this: Nothing on this earth is stable. There is no foundation that will support you through all the insanity of life. Not family, not friends, not achievements, not living situations, not talent, nothing. Anything can be lost.
Thematic song to close the post: How Firm a Foundation, version by Chelsea Moon