Why 2017 is dead to me, but only a little

By Jessica Sierocki, co-editor-in-chief.

It seems that each new year brings its own greatness as well as disaster, but let me tell you, 2017 was one for the books in terms of disappointment. Don’t get me wrong, there were highlights and bursts of excitement and adventure, but I would log that in my personal life.

  1. Donald Trump was inaugurated in 2017. Enough said.
  2. Mother Nature kicked our ass, and it keeps coming. Hurricanes ripped through the lower part of the United States causing millions of dollars in damage and leaving thousands stranded without places to live. And let’s not forget the raging forest fires that are so uncontrollable they are literally burning California to the ground. Family homes and businesses are being evacuated constantly and firefighters are risking their own lives in order to get it under control, which at this point does not see possible.
  3. Mass shootings and attacks unnecessarily took the lives of countless Americans, the most notable events being in Las Vegas and Texas. At the same time, Congress has not made any effort to make any major restrictions to gun laws and with all of the Republicans in power positions, I do not foresee any major changes taking place anytime soon.
  4. Celebrities could not hide as the ever-growing list of notable names in history passed away. Country singer Troy Gentry died in a helicopter crash which would have made 10 year-old Jessica sob like a baby. Another noteworthy death is no other than millionaire mogul Hugh Hefner who left his fortune and business to his son.
  5. Everybody and their brother are being accused of sexual assault. There’s an upside and downside to these shocking and continuous allegations. Upside: yay for women who are finally finding their voice and speaking out against their predators. Way to show up for our gender. Downside: nothing really seems to be happening to those who are accused and many are refusing to apologize for their behavior. It just goes to show you that people in power are able to exploit anyone and everyone around them with no consequence. How disgusting.
  6. Man buns still have not disappeared. Note to all the guys who grow out their hair just so they can tuck it in an itty-bitty little ponytail. It looks gross and unnatural so can we agree that 2018 will be the year that we finally get rid of the atrocity? Please and thanks.
  7. Fidget spinners took the market by storm and honestly, what was the point? Who would want to pay $20 for maybe two minutes of excitement? All they did was spin. Yes they were created in order to help kids channel whatever energy they had in a quiet way, but all I have seen are kids messing around with a toy that spins. How pointless.
  8. Apple admitted to the public that they are decreasing the functionality of older iPhones through their updates. What a great example of how corporate America is still manipulating their consumers, which is a huge disappointment.

 

But let’s take a step back and look at some of the reasons 2017 wasn’t all that bad because I don’t want to be the negative Nelly over here.

 

  1. Royal wedding bells are chiming once again after the engagement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle was announced. Honestly, royal weddings are the best for the sole reason that everyone around the world gets excited over a positive event. It’s like the world stops and basks in the glow of love and happiness, even for the briefest of moments.
  2. Mattel came out with the first Hijab-wearing Barbie which is a huge leap forward in terms of equality for women. We are finally in an age where we can make it socially acceptable to take our differences in stride and I couldn’t be more thrilled.

 

All I’m saying is that 2017 pretty much sucked and I’m really (only slightly) looking forward to 2018 being a better year. But if I’m being completely honest, there has not been the greatest track record in the past few years so I am trying not to get my hopes up too high.

 

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