Chat with the Chief: Good riddance 2016

What would happen if tomorrow’s headlines read that a giant asteroid was headed for Earth and would spell the end of humanity?

Our best and brightest would surely begin thinking up ways to alter this catastrophic end, but others may just build a meme around the event to pass around the internet until finally letting out a sigh of relief that this dreadful year and planet are finished.

In hindsight, 2016 has been rough. An incredibly divisive election, devastating hurricanes, wildfires and acts of terror around the world are just a few things to have cast a negative light over the past 365 days.

Election buzz is finally starting to die down marginally, but will it all repeat in two years when we’re voting for seats on the senate or in the house?

Terrorism seems to be becoming increasingly random and more widespread than in years past leading some to paranoia. The most recent example occured just this past week when students were attacked at Ohio State University by a student claiming to be inspired by the Islamic State.

Bad storms happen every year, but on top of everything else 2016 has thrown at us, it really just feels like a slap in the face.

Then there are the deaths of pop culture icons to consider. The sheer amount and the specific individuals who have passed recently are evidence that many baby boomer celebrities are reaching the end of their lives and will continue to die. When Alice Cooper dies I really don’t know what I’ll do.

We’ve been gut punched time and time again throughout this year. What can we do to put it behind us and make next year a little more bearable?

We’re all after the same goal—seeking the betterment of our own lives and humanity.

Do some volunteer work. Compliment someone. Pet a dog. Read a book. Donate to a charity. Do anything to make a positive impact on your own life and the lives of those around you.

Here’s to hoping that 2017 turns out better. That or the aforementioned asteroid makes its impact mercifully soon.