You have been one of the best and worst years of my life, but by all accounts, it seems as though you were for most of the population. I have experienced both great happiness and great sorrow in the last 12 months and I shall forget neither any time soon.
I look around the world and think back on all of the events you have brought. Acts of terror, shocking decisions and so much death. We have lost a great many people this year, both famous and dear loved ones.
So as 2017 dawns, I’ll keep my words brief and to the point: I’m not sad to see you go nor am I happy about the way you ended. I do not believe I have ever seen a year where nearly the entire population on earth have such strong mixed feelings on the 12 months as a whole.
Goodbye 2016 and please, for all of our sakes, do not pass your misery onto the year to come.