Life Can Still Be Beautiful in 2016

2016 has been the craziest year I've ever had. I launched a few businesses that failed. I landed some tricks while skateboarding that I thought I'd never ride away from. I went to two dream locations that I had never been to(Miami and California). I had one crazy night in Los Angeles where I met the coolest Anthropologist who showed me around Hollywood at 3am. I skated a place I've always wanted to go(Venice Beach where Joey Brezinski usually skates). I also had my heart truly broken for the first time.

While this year still has 15+ days left, I decided to go ahead and create this post. The holidays/this year feels weird this time around and I know I'm not the only person that feels this way. I've seen more memes about how much 2016 has 'sucked' than I have in previous years. Despite all of the negative things however, I thought I'd focus on how beautiful this year was and how life in general is, beginning with a video entitled "Slow Life".

These past couple months have sent me on a search for true happiness or the pursuit of figuring out what that even means. A movie I tend to come back to over and over again, to find a piece of that answer, is About Time. It's an incredibly underrated movie from a few years ago. The movie is about a family where the men can travel through time and relive moments, but of course there's restrictions and risks. The clip below is towards the end of the film, so if you haven't seen it yet, I suggest you watch the full movie first.

We all have the choice of dwelling in the pain we've experienced or we can embrace it and learn from it. I've seen people let their depression overtake them and it's terrible to see. We let things act as pacifiers. I let some of these things consume me for a short time, but at the end of the day, it only equates to more pain. 

I've been looking at 2016 like a lot of other people, where I'm just ready for 2017 to be here. I think it's important to acknowledge though that that's just an imaginary line we've created. If we really want to be happy in the coming year, then we have to be at peace with our past and current self. I realize this all sounds a bit cheesy and cliche, but maybe someone out there needed to hear this. I know I needed to write it.