Hello everyone, it’s me Howie Defranco and we are just a few days from the New Year as I am writing this, a time of new beginning so to speak. I chose to write this because I feel like we all need a little hope, 2016 was a heart wrenching, head smashing shamble of a year for the most part at least as so many people say. I don’t know I just heard that Carrie Fisher passed away over the holidays, as did her mother Debbie Reynolds literally from a broken heart, as did George Michael and right now I know I need something to look forward to. First I’d just like to say that my deepest condolences go out to the families and fans of of everyone who was lost this year and every victim of persecution and unlawful action. There was a lot this year and I seen a number of posts about the good in 2016 but let’s talk about what’s to come.
As such though here comes 2017 a year for a fresh start, yes I know that a lot of people say that and most people will say it’s just another day but I strongly disagree. There are so many things that come with the start of a new year from new people, to new opportunities to new adventures good and bad their just as important as one another as they shape who we are. It’s the next chapter in our lives, the new part of the story do not dread it despite what you may be expecting to come next year. It’s true though you don’t just wake the morning of January first and it’s like someone hit the reset button on the game you call life. Wish it were sometimes I admit but no this isn’t something you are just given.
We all know that life doesn’t work that way, could you imagine how much easier everything would be if it did. No though it gives you an opportunity that it is your job to take advantage of and that opportunity is in simplest word hope. Hope is a lot of things, but everything from no beginnings, to taking a chance, to a rebellion is built on hope, the hope that things will change. Some of you may laugh at the idea of hope I have before, given up on it completely until I was told hope is a necessity for change for the better. Change is one of the biggest constants in the universe, whether it be the weather everyday, new fads every year, or even ourselves, no one person stays the same from birth to death.
As such changes are coming with this new year, for one thing there is a new president of the united states and whether you approve of him or not, that comes with a bit of hope. It could be hope that he doesn’t put the country in worse shape or hope that he keeps his word and makes it great again. In August all of Canada will have the chance to view a solar eclipse and I’m personally quite excited to see what this Canada Day brings as we will be 150 this year. I don’t know I think we just all need some hope this year between the events of this year Paris, Allepo, Trump’s victory, rising racial tensions in the states, legends we have lost. So everyone just and not to sound corny go out there take the opportunities that come your way make 2017 your year!