Of course, every year has its mix of good and bad. No year is purely terrible, even if the positive moments require more thought or digging to find. No year is purely good, though I would have no objections to experiencing such a thing someday.
So where does 2013 come out in the great ledger? I'm going to stick this year firmly in the Good Riddance column. 2013 has been a brutal whore of a year. I have encountered very few people with a kind word to say for this wretched lap around the sun. For me, some of my ire is rooted in various health issues not fit for the pages of this blog. The loss of my job and my growing familiarity with the grim realities of the modern job market has really been the big driver here. My previous job had been responsible for much depression and misery in the first 3/4 of the year. Losing it has heightened my anxieties here in the final quarter.
I have no doubt that change was needed and the Universe guides us in occasionally unkind ways. I remain strong in the belief that 2014 will be a better year and I can't help but think that the brutalities of 2013 are setting the stage for better things. All the same, Fuck 2013. A lot of people I know have suffered to varying degrees. Stagnancy and depression reign. Paranoia has been blooming and financial security is harder to come by. The problems of 2013 are not mine alone. I have watched many suffer through this grotesque 365 day quagmire of suck. To each and everyone of you, I wish a vastly superior 2014.