In the hopes that next year will bring us better tidings, Twitter users are rallying around the #Dear2017 hashtag to express their hopes, dreams, anxieties, and feels.
It started out normally enough, but 10 days in, 2016 was marred by the death of one of my personal icons, David Bowie. The months wore on, and the presidential election got nastier by the minute, with implied death threats, flagrant displays of misogyny, and a total disregard for objective facts. Then there was the horrific Pulse nightclub shooting, dozens of terror attacks around the world, and even more innocent black men cruelly murdered by police in America. And on top of all that, Trump clinched the presidency, despite losing the popular vote to Hillary Clinton by almost 2.9 million votes — and began to populate his cabinet with white supremacists. Even more magnificent artists died along the way, including Prince, a gender fluid musical genius who completely redefined pop music in his decades long career.
RIP 2016. It's time to move forward and get ready for the new year, so here's what Twitter has to say to 2017:
Just Be Better Than 2016
Dear 2017, We have high hopes. Granted the bar is pretty low, but please don't do us wrong. Thanks.— Morgan MenesesSheets (@morgmeneshets) December 22, 2016
Me: "Dear 2017, please be better than 2016."— Derek Straker (@Dr_Straker) December 22, 2016
2017: "No promises."
Dear 2017, I promise to fight dread & laziness & apathy & oppression. Lots of material from 2016 to work with, no need for more. Innovate!— KCGibbons (@KCGibbons) December 22, 2016
Donald Trump Is Not Making 2017 Look Good
Dear 2017 please make sure Trump doesn't destroy the world— christina cjv (@CV_81) December 22, 2016
Dear 2017, why do you look like 1962? https://t.co/E7SRskdHAU— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) December 22, 2016
Dear Santa,— Rabih Alameddine (@rabihalameddine) December 17, 2016
What I want for 2017 is to be #unpresidented!
Let's Just Skip Next Year Altogether
"Dear 2017" - Wake me up in 2020.— Lisa Radin (@milguy23) December 22, 2016
Dear 2017? I know you're going to be bad, but please at least deliver us to 2018.— Rori! (@RoriComics) December 22, 2016
Can 2017 Be A Little Kinder, Please?
Dear 2017,— Larry Smith (@poundsmith2) December 22, 2016
Maybe try to be more like a Hallmark movie and less like you were written by Geroge R. R. Martin? Thanks. #ALetterTo2017
Dear 2017: more LOVE less HATE— فاء 🐭 (@fala_alr) December 10, 2016
"Dear 2017"- please be kinder to rock stars........— LeeAnn Sterry (@Graceful514) December 22, 2016
Time Is A Social Construct, Man
Dear 2017 , remember that you are a mathematical construct humanity designed for measuring time. You're only as good or bad as we make you.— Benjamin Elliott (@bfelliott) December 22, 2016