2016: The good, the bad & the ugly

2016 was a year full of breakups, politics, deaths, and terrorism. With the passing of musical legends like David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, George Michael, and Prince, one can only reflect on the importance of leaving behind a message that is much greater than a simple existence. Make America Great Again. 2016 witnessed the election of American President Donald J. Trump. A valiant effort put forth by Hillary Clinton reminded many of us that we are not yet ready to see the first women president elected, and that even though you may have more relevant work experience in the White House that doesn’t always mean you will get the job. Hollywood royalty, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, also headed for splitsville in 2016 with Jolie filing for divorce. Is there really such a thing as true love? I’m sure Jennifer Aniston is having the last laugh. Things really do come full circle, although, we wish them the best for the sake of their children. Can any Hollywood couple really make it? Johnny Depp saw allegation charges pressed against him by wife Amber Heard on domestic abuse, Mariah Carey’s ex-billionaire boyfriend James Packer’s ring was not enough to get her to the altar, and Drake finally confessed his love for Riri. Hold on, looks like the One Dance rapper is quite the ladies’ man though as he cuddles up to his new thing Miss JLo. Who would of known Lopez’s 1999 album On the 6 was literally foreshadowing her future. On a more serious note, the start of the New Year also saw terrorism carry on as a nightclub in Turkey had a shooting. An overwhelming number of terrorists attacks happened in 2016. We may obsess over Hollywood and celebrities, but the reality is, outside of our socially privileged worlds, there are much more important issues at hand. Last but not least, lets not forget Mariah Carey’s performance on NYE. No matter how badly you fail at something, you have to own it. So, even if you do start the New Year on the wrong note (literally), you don’t need a single day to signify change. A lot of hype is placed on New Year's resolutions, but the truth is, you have the power to make a change at any point in your life. Even if January doesn’t go the way you want it to, it’s okay, take a deep breath, a sip of wine, and remember, you have another 365 days to make it happen. By Rhea Braganza

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