Stop Whining About 2016

Stop Whining About 2016

I’ve been backwards and forwards trying to put my feelings into words about all the negativity surrounding the year 2016. Last week I saw someone share a video on Facebook called ‘F**k You 2016’ and I just thought how sad that all these healthy people who seem pretty much fine were just moaning and complaining. I like to try and look at the positives in a situation and try and see how you can work through them.

Every so often I believe that years like this come along. To make you stop and think. To make you look at things in a different way. It’s like when you start to become complacent about driving when you’ve been doing it for so long. Then you nearly have an accident and it puts you back in your place. It makes you more aware of your surroundings and other people. I think life is like that too.

Some may think I’m mad. I just like to think I’m an optimist. The other day this quote arrived in my inbox:

Life is a series of experiences, each of which makes us bigger, even though it is hard to realise this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and grievances which we endure help us in our marching onward. ~ Henry Ford

It pretty much sums it up for me. The only other way I could express how I feel is through my poetry. I hope you can relate!

Stop Whining About 2016

I know it’s been a challenging year
But remember the ones who are here
Hold on to the ones who are dear
Stop whining about 2016

We’ve lost lots of people I know
But when it’s your time you just have to go
Face the music, and go with the flow
Stop whining about 2016

Yes I know it’s a crime that Trump won
But really, what’s done is done
And now, this gauntlet we run
Stop whining about 2016 

I know that Brexit’s a mess
But the people have spoken I guess
Now we just make the best
Stop whining about 2016

Sometimes years, like this, come along
But we must face the challenge head on
Hold our heads high and aim to stay strong
Stop whining about 2016

We’ve all had hardships –  I’m included
But if you think they don’t happen, you’re deluded
Shit happens is what I’ve concluded
Stop whining about 2016

We all go through difficult stuff
But you need courage, you need to be tough
Be a fighter, don’t take a rebuff
Stop whining about 2016

Victoria Welton 7th December 2016

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  1. December 13, 2016 / 12:50 pm

    Ok. I get that you’re trying to be lighthearted, but I do think to dismiss the heartfelt reactions a lot of people (myself included) have had to this really challenging year as ‘whining’ is a little bit mean if I’m honest. As well as the global situation – which is a sign if ever there was one that we can’t just continue shrugging things off and need to work hard to make positive change – there are several people close to me who have gone through heartwrenching personal situations this year, and I as well as many people I know have suffered personal losses as well as the high-profile ones you refer to. I’m glad you feel that you can just brush it all off and get on with things, but I think we all have something to learn about not judging others who might feel (and express) things differently to ourselves – and if it takes a bit of an emotional outburst for people to get through to a place they feel more positive then so be it.

    • December 13, 2016 / 3:48 pm

      Thanks for your comment Sophie. I am sorry to hear of all your friends losses. Sadly I have experienced some too. I am certainly not saying that people shouldn’t feel their feelings – far from it. What I am talking about here is all the people getting on the ‘what an awful year 2016 has been’ bandwagon where they are complaining for complaining’s sake. Surely one of the ways to go about making positive changes is not by continuously whining about it?!

  2. December 10, 2016 / 2:42 pm

    I have to admit that I won’t be sad to see the back of 2016, it has been a horrible year, and I would echo much of what Maddy has said about peoples reactions to it. The challenge for all of us is to ensure that we move forward in a positive and proactive way, channeling the anger, frustration and sadness in a useful way. There is never any point in just whining, you need to actively do something if you don’t like a situation. I love the optimism in your poem, the refusal to let the bad stuff get the better of you. Thank you so much for sharing with #ThePrompt x

  3. December 9, 2016 / 4:06 pm

    I absoluitely love this Vicky! “Shit happens” – indeed it does! You know me, always one to turn it around and look on the positive side, no matter how hard that might be sometimes. Consider this shared far and wide across the blogosphere 🙂 Thanks for hosting #prose4t
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  4. December 9, 2016 / 10:33 am

    I am with you Vic! I have had an utterly terrible year BUT I am still so grateful for what I still have. I absolutely love that Henry Ford quote and it’s made me feel strong today, when I was feeling a little worn down. Your poem is wonderful and I really couldn’t agree more. Gratitude and positivity can change the world. I hope 2017 is a wonderful year for you guys…and me too! Lots of love xxx

  5. December 9, 2016 / 9:52 am

    Poem is so lovely and I also do not like the whining, let’s look at the positive side and we will see wonderful life
    Thank u

  6. December 9, 2016 / 9:32 am

    You’re so right! whining never did anyone any good. Looking ahead, positive thinking, especially believe that you can make a change and that change can change the world. Bad things happen, as they should in order for us to appreciate the good ones. And people must go, so that new ones come and we never stop growing…With courage in 2017, that’s the key!;) #Prose4T

  7. December 8, 2016 / 4:25 pm

    I love that year because my son was born in 2016:) But I’m waiting for 2017 I;m curious what future will bring:)

  8. December 8, 2016 / 2:15 pm

    Everyday there are lots of people who are going through difficulties. The balance between the small, real problems and the global, ‘created’ problems needs to be maintained in how we see everything. There needs to be that space for positivity too doesn’t there? I’m looking forward to a new year certainly. Bring on 2017. xx

  9. December 8, 2016 / 1:41 pm

    This is a really thought-provoking post, Vicky. It’s certainly been a tough year for many and one which I don’t think can be just shaken off, as the repercussions are going to be felt for years to come. Does whining get us anywhere? You’re right, no (although I do think a bit of an off load can be a good thing to do initially to get all the emotion out) but a lot of the reaction I’ve seen to the big events (which may well be different from the reaction you’ve seen) is not something I’d classify as whining but as an expression of strongly felt emotion – of pain, of grief, of anxiety and fear for the future. I think it needs to be harnessed positively into action somehow and I can see many people are doing that in many different ways. That ties in, I think, with your sense that 2016 can be a necessary kick up the bum to push us out of complacency. Some of the “fuck 2016” sentiment I’ve seen, i’ve interpreted as getting some comedy from the fear and also as being about solidarity – a joint ‘WTAF?!’ reaction that unites people. I think we all need to get our heads round this year as best we can and I guess people’s coping strategies run the full gamut. Very much with you on the positivity and the courage needed – That’s what I’m aiming for and I’m hoping to do my bit through friendship and art and a little (teeny) project I’m launching. Hopefully all the good people doing good things in response to all the hard things that have happened, will get us through. Keep up your photography and poetry (I’m sure you will) as I think art in all it’s forms can be fabulously uplifting as well as challenging and thought-provoking and empathy-inducing… and all those things are more important than ever right now. Thanks for linking to #WhatImWriting – I appreciate it, especially as it’s week 100!
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  10. December 8, 2016 / 12:36 pm

    It’s certainly interesting isn’t it? And my kids are already referring to farts as ‘Donalds’, so that’s making me smile.

  11. December 8, 2016 / 10:37 am

    Great poem lovely. Unfortunately 2016 seems to have been a super challenging year for people personally too. I know lots who have lost loved ones, or been through exceptionally difficult stuff this year. Sometimes though you are completely right, we just need to man/girl up and put on our positive pants 🙂 Hope you’re well xx

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