|Fountains Abbey, December 2016. Photo by George Pickles.|
|Full moon, December 14, as seen from my kitchen window.|
I won't go into an overall 2016 review. Other and much more competent bloggers have been doing that already. You all know the most crucial and life-changing (often enough life-ending) events of the past 12 months anyway, no need to repeat them here.
My personal review of this almost past year is much more positive - I live in a happy little bubble and have so much to be grateful for it is hard to decide where to begin, what to mention. There are the basics such as being healthy and having a good job that pays enough to live comfortably, a wardrobe filled with nice clothes, a well-stocked fridge, a flat just the right size and location for my needs, central heating, electricity and hot water whenever I want it.
On top of that, I have both my parents and my sister living within walking distance, so that we can see each other often without getting under each other's feet.
I have a good circle of friends and acquaintances, and although I have reasons to complain about my neighbours (noise and smoke), I know it could be much worse.
Where I live, I do not need to fear being persecuted for my gender, my beliefs or my political views. I can read, write and say what I want without risking jail or worse.
To complete my happiness, there is someone to love in my life. What more could I wish for?
Nothing, really, which is why I do not make any New Year resolutions. As far as I'm concernced, life can pretty much stay as it is. Yes, that's extremely selfish of me, but I do not apologize for being happy. I just wish the same could be said about all of you. My contribution to World Peace? None... unless you count NOT contributing to warfare, and not making anyone deliberately unhappy in my personal sphere of influence.
Happy New Year to all of you!