2016 is wrapping up, and I’ve realized that I’ve seen enough happen in my adult life that nothing surprises me anymore. Not self-driving cars, not electing Donald Trump, not virtual reality, not incredible trick shots, not Kanye West hairstyles, not crazy guesses on Family Feud, not the “alt-right”, not Arnold Schwarzenegger taking over Celebrity Apprentice, not a lack of empathy for Syrian refugees, not Kevin Durant signing with Golden State, not Russia leaving their fingerprints all over our Presidential election, not Snapchat taking over the tech world, not Brexit, not even how lame the word “Brexit” is. Nothing. And how could it? We’re living in a world where we’ve become as desensitized to terrorism and mass shootings as we are to the amazingness that is having a supercomputer in the palm of your hand. It’s equal parts scary as it exciting. Maybe not quite equal parts, but you get the point.
But with all the fear and angst that’s permeating across the world, there have been beautiful moments in 2016 that keep me hopeful about the future. Those moments tend to be more personal than they are part of the social fabric of the world. They are the experiences that speak to the humanity that connects us all. They’re the weddings, and graduations, and birthdays, and dinners, and laughs, and jokes and love, and hope. And with all the unpredictability that has enveloped the world, there is one thing that’s certain, those human moments that we all experience on a daily basis will continue. They’ll bring us joy and happiness, and they’ll bring us sorrow and pain. But experiencing those moments is just as important as recognizing and acknowledging our fears.