Happy New Year, everybody!
I've got to say, I for one am really pleased we've finally made it to 2015. Let's be honest-- in terms of news, 2014 was a really terrible, depressing year. We started with the winter that refused to end, and a farcical Russian Winter Olympics marred by unpreparedness, homophobia, and a distinct undercurrent of authoritarianism and belligerence. Then of course, after all the athletes had left, Russia launched its invasion of Crimea and Ukraine descended into chaos. Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing, and then just a few months later, Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 got shot down over the disputed area of Ukraine. Then there were riots in Ferguson, Missouri, after the shooting of Michael Brown. And then there was ISIS, and an Ebola scare, and huge victories for the Republicans in the midterms. And then the lack of an indictment in the Michael Brown case led to another round of riots, followed soon after by even more riots as a result of the Eric Garner case ending similarly. We lost Bob Hoskins, Harold Ramis, H.R. Giger, and Robin Williams-- the entire year long, I felt like my childhood was on fire. So how does the year end? More riots, a couple of police officers being shot, another plane going down over South Asia, Sony Pictures being hacked over a movie, and the passing of Christine Cavanaugh (who was, again, integral to my childhood). And on a more personal note, me not really having much of a Christmas due to working and being unable to see my family for the holidays.
Toward the end there, I've got to tell you guys, I was really seriously praying for 2014 to just be over already. It was starting to feel like an excess of bad news on a repeating loop. Plus, not many good movies to speak of lately, TV is abysmal (and I'm still depressed over The Colbert Report going off the air), and the only new album I've found worth listening to all year is the Foo Fighters' Sonic Highways.
Truth be told, things really haven't been that bad for me on a personal level, particularly since moving back to the US (though, of course, nothing's entirely perfect). But it's getting really hard to keep an optimistic perspective on life while constantly being buried under all of the outside world's suffering.
Maybe it's futile, but I really hope 2015 is a better year. I don't see how it could be much worse.
(Just in case, though, my New Year's resolution for 2015 is to watch less cable news. It's important to be informed, but it's really not healthy to my sanity to overdo it. XP)