Why 2017 Won't Suck

I have never felt so thankful that I do not have a Facebook profile. All of the years of being taunted and pestered by friends about the abyss of my online presence have paid off. While I didn't initially disable my account to boycott rabid political status updates, it seems that I have absorbed these secondhand benefits. 

Don't worry guys, this won't be a post berating those who are quick to share their (negative) opinion....mostly because that would make me a hypocrite.

Rather, this is my postponed 2017 wishlist.

When it seems like the whole world decides to spontaneously self-combust and engulf you in negativity, just make a sick to-do (/resolutions) list. Instead of curling up in a fuzzy blanket and going into hibernation for the next four years because of the bleak future the media is painting for our nation, stop looking at the bigger picture. At the end of the day, you still have a valuable resource to take advantage of: time.

And in 2016, I think I have been able to explore how much time we are gifted, and what we can do with it.

In fact, in 2016 I:

  • Started the year in Vietnam and dyed my hair burgundy (which transformed into a clown-like orange)
  • Took my first solo trip through Norway, Sweden and Hungary
  • Hiked to Machu Picchu
  • Accidentally ended up in a Colombian brothel
  • Experienced career instability
  •  Hiked the tallest peak in the lower 48 states--Mt Whitney
  • Explored the aqua waterfalls of the Grand Canyon
  • Backpacked through the Sierra Nevada on a 40 mile hike
  • Ran my first half marathon....on a mountain
  • Saw (too) many sunrises in Vegas
  • Danced in my first wedding
  • Explored Japan in 3 days
  • Road-tripped through California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Washington, and Canada
  • Tried bouldering and biking
  • Became more selfish
  • Experienced heartbreak
  • Witnessed the fragility of health

After writing all of that out, I had to take a deep breath. Man, the bar is high for 2017. But here goes nothing; let's see what I can wring out of the next 343 days.

  • Go on my first mountaineering adventure (for those of you who don't know, that means crossing glaciers with ice axes and shit)
  • Try surfing
  • Explore Iceland
  • Don't dye my hair ever again.....
  • Go canyoneering (rappelling through canyons) in Utah
  • Snowboard like mad (that means more than 2x in a year for me)
  • Backpack/hike through the Narrows, Grand Canyon, Colorado and Glacier National Park
  • Climb Half Dome and Mt Whitney again (due to a certain request)
  • Take my family on a surprise trip
  • Weave altruism into my travels

The misery accumulating in the flood of political headlines from the past few weeks seems to drift away with the rushing current after typing all of this out. 

Yes, there is uncertainty with the next few years, but that is the nature of time in general. Zoom in a little bit more, and see what you can do with your 2017.