Out with the old and in with the new. 2016 has come and gone so quickly, and our world saw many hard times and many happy times along the way. We laughed together; we cried together, and we even tried to get tickets to Hamilton and failed miserably together. It was the year of new movements, new ideas, new leaders, new experiences, and new outlooks. It was the year of unnecessary arguments on Facebook and ridiculously funny election memes. Yes, I can admit that this year was not the best in the slightest (*hint hint* Donald Trump was elected President), but some good things did come out of 2016. Here are some of my favorites:
1. Stranger Things
The list could stop here. Please watch it on Netflix if you haven't already. It will change your life.
2. SeaWorld stopped breeding killer whales.
I waited for this to happen for so long, and my wish came true. Made my whole 2016. #EmptyTheTanks
3. Leonardo Dicaprio won a freaking Oscar.
What a magical moment.
4. The 2016 Rio Olympics
USA. USA. USA. MICHAEL PHELPS. MICHAEL PHELPS. MICHAEL PHELPS.
5. Leslie Jones at the 2016 Rio Olympics
She lost her mind and so did we.
6. Joanne the Scammer
This was the year of being truly iconic.
7. Pokemon GO
Even though it lived and died; it was still a fun time while it lasted.
8. Hamilton still being everything.
9. Frank Ocean finally came out of hiding.
This long-awaited album made us sigh with relief and made the weight of 2016 come off of our shoulders.
10. Finding Dory
Shall I say more?
11. Many, many good memes.
And this one.
Can't forget about this one.
Or this one.
12. David S. Pumpkins
13. The Cubs won the World Series.
It was well worth the wait.
14. Lady Gaga won the Super Bowl.
You can watch her highlights here.
15. Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively
After the whole Brangelina sadness, Ryan and Blake were there to show us that love still exists.
16. James Corden
Carpool Karaoke was there to lift our spirits when we felt helpless because of the horrors 2016 brought. Thank you, James, for being the angel that you are.
Here's to 2017. May it bring even better things.