All over social media around this time of year, people post their disdain for the previous 12 months. Normally I am one of them. But the thing is, this year has been the best year of my life. I didn't find my soulmate, I didn't get the promotion, I didn't win the lottery. None of these things. In fact, on paper it might appear like this year has been terrible for me. But the thing is, this is the year I got help for mental health problems that plagued me since childhood. This is the year I admitted I had a substance abuse problem. This is the year I became truly comfortable in my own skin, accepting my flaws and embracing them. Truly embracing them. This is the last year of my twenties and I am so happy to say I made it. This time last year I wasn't sure I would. But I made it. I am finally in control of my life.
I hope for those who didn't have such a profound year that you are able to see some positives out of 2017. It can't always be the "best year ever". But I think if you really think about it, it hasn't been all that bad...has it?
The Georgia Straight: A 50th Anniversary Celebration Book
This beautifully produced coffee-table book brings together over 100 of Georgia Straight's iconic covers, along with short essays, insider details and contributor reflections, putting each of these issues of the publication into its historical context.