The gifts have been exchanged, and the Christmas decorations have returned to their boxes, it is now time for the New Year. 2016 is coming to an end, and as some look toward the future, some Hanover locals are thinking about the year with a smile. Jeremy Holman, a Hanover resident and Midlothian Mechanical employee, remembers 2016 as “unpredictable but entertaining, just as family.” This cheer for 2016 is a contrasting sentiment from what many feel about the year that was.
Several media companies have already branded 2016 as the worst year ever; citing the various terrorist attacks across the globe, police shootings, the Zika virus, and the continual stress triggered by the recent Presidential election, as key examples of the year’s troubles. With the deaths of David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, Prince, and other legendary musicians, CNN’s Ashley Fantz and Brandon Griggs have also labeled 2016 as “the year the music died.”
Hanover locals are excited for 2017, with some looking at the New Year as an opportunity to forget 2016. “I’m ready for 2017. It feels as if 2016 has dragged on a bit,” says Sabrina Mines, a Henrico local, who works in Hanover, “while there were some horrific moments that occurred, I personally don’t think it was the worst year…it’s funny really, because every year they say it was the worst year.” Luckily for the people that feel that way, 2017 is just around the corner.
As the clock strikes midnight, and the kisses and champagne spread around the room, the death of the previous year has again come to pass; yet the difficulties that people faced during 2016 will not simply fade away. 2017 may be seen as a blank slate, an idea that appeals to people who feel last year was less than stellar, however, this change is dependent upon the effort people are willing to give. Mines clarifies as she says, “problems last until you solve them, you can’t count the seconds down and expect everything to be alright. You’ve got to do something about it.” It is clear that locals are prepared to work in this upcoming year, as many others share their resolutions and goals for 2017.
Like most new years, 2017 will be met with optimism, as many will make resolutions of self-improvement in hopes of starting off the New Year right. These New Year’s resolutions are so popular because the New Year revitalizes people’s ambitions, and evokes a moment of reflection for people that rarely often have time for. Daniel Burke, a local restaurant manager, makes his resolutions clear, “quitting smoking. Eat healthy and get back in the gym.” A waitress from Ashland adds, “Most people want to get in shape for New Years, so do I, but most fall short every year, this year will be different though, I’ll try to stick to it this time.” Understanding that resolutions may be difficult to follow through on, many locals are prepared for the challenge.