Well… I’m not sure how I can sum up 2016. Shit seems the most appropriate word. I don’t know if, statistically speaking, this year has been that bad but it certainly feels that way. I shall welcome 2017 with open arms.
Many famous people have died this year. Which ones are special to us depends greatly on our own point of view. I haven’t talked about these deaths but in this, my final post of the year, I feel I should talk about Carrie Fisher.
I only know of Carrie Fisher because of Star Wars. Until her death I was unaware of her work on mental health. So it is Star Wars I shall talk about.
The original Star Wars trilogy is lacking in female characters, it fails the Bechdel Test if that is anything to go by, but Princess Leia was a strong and capable character. Luke and Han may have had to rescue her in the beginning but she was never a helpless damsel in distress.
“Somebody has to save our skins.”
And let’s be serious the Star Destroyer did rather outclass the Blockade Runner.
Princess Leia was a vital character to the original trilogy and Carrie Fisher will always be known for her portrayal of the character. And we will see her again when Episode 8 is released.
On a purely personal level, away from Brexit, Trump, and celebrity deaths, I have to count 2016 as a good year.
It saw the birth of my nephew. I’m still getting to grips with the idea of being an uncle. I’m looking forward to playing with Lego, watching Star Wars, and taking him to the cinema.
And I met a wonderful woman. We only talked for a couple of months and she always brought a smile to my face. I hope to be able to talk to her more next year.
So it’s goodbye to 2016 and hopefully 2017 will be a better year.
…but don’t we say that every new year?