You probably don’t want to look back on the dumpster fire that was the year 2016, and we don’t blame you. The past year was marred by so much violence, political turmoil, and celebrity death that it’s almost enough to make us long for 1348, when the Black Plague was a thing. Here are the 16 worst things that happened in 2016 that will hopefully make 2017 seem far better in comparison.
When you first start your own business, you’ll quickly realize just how much you don’t know. From founding a board of directors to sitting down with your accountant, all your research will quickly get thrown to the side as you start learning what strategies work best for you and your business.
Unless you live in a cave, you’ve figured out by now that everyday living expenses can really add up. If you think you’re safe because you’ve got your rent or mortgage all paid off, think again. Transit, insurance, and utilities can add up quickly, and that’s not even including money for going out and enjoying being alive.
In our political news cycle, we’ve gotten used to seeing politicians speaking about the most recent tragic event with an air of aggrieved resolve. They say that they’ve seen this problem coming, but were unable to stop it because of the inaction, or ignorance of the other side. Then they tearfully commit to stopping further tragedy. This cycle has become depressingly familiar.
When we go to the store today, we’re used to seeing a certain amount of useless stuff on the shelves. Maybe we don’t need 50 different types of granola bars, but as long as people keep buying them, manufacturers will keep making them.
Being born poor isn’t necessarily as bad as it sounds. Sure, most people would rather be born rich than poor, but there is plenty to be learned from having to go through some struggles early in life. Plenty of people have come from humble beginnings to go on to great things later in life.
That is, most of us assume it would be nice to be rich. We really don’t know, because the vast majority of people in the world will never experience the lifestyle that is enjoyed by those who land in the ‘rich’ category. However, it seems safe to assume that being rich is better than being poor, at least from a “I-don’t-have-to-worry-about-my-next-meal” perspective.
As the Obamas prepare to leave the White House, it’s natural to look back on some of their better moments — especially since the incoming prospects are looking so grim. Although Melania is a snappy dresser, and definitely looks beautiful in an evening gown, the First Lady should stand for so much more.
Spoiler alert: I’m not on this list. But… could you imagine how interesting that would be? I mean, everyone would know who you were… and how much you’re worth… and probably where you live. Now that I think about it, I’d actually prefer being the 4th or 5th richest person in my city. I’m a simple man.