At this point, it is hard to find anything new to say about 2016. Some things about it were good, but most things were not so good. I don’t think I need to go into all the factors that contributed to 2016 being so truly terrible–a bad election cycle, rampant celebrity death, an overexposure of jokes about how bad 2016 really was–but chances are good that you know that 2016 was, in fact, bad. In fact, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who isn’t ready for the year to end so that 2017 can begin, heralding a new season of optimism for us all.
It is tempting to think of the start of a new year as an entirely new, fresh start that automatically voids all the bad, unsavory stuff from the previous one and lets one start anew. And, on a personal level, there’s nothing wrong with this–sometimes, a new year is just the motivation you need to get some stuff done in your own life, like hunkering down on schoolwork or deciding to start waking up earlier and jogging every day or something. But, in the grand scheme of things, January 1st is not actually a magical day. Everything that you didn’t like about 2016–Trump, the death of every celebrity you may or may not have cared about at some point, etc.–will still be there. So, if you’re wondering what’s going to happen to you in 2017, these memes might give you a little bit of a (pessimistic, negative, and not-to-be-taken-too-seriously) idea. Check ’em out here:
1. I mean. There’s not a lot to look forward to:
can you believe 2016 ruined even the desire for 2016 to be over
— hani (@hyperoats) November 11, 2016
2. This is dramatic. But, like…true:
Y'all act like 2017 will be better when the calendar is a social construct and life is really one long, uninterrupted march to the grave
— gabe (@FlSTFIGHT) December 27, 2016
4. Sure. Whatever:
im not going to say 2017 will be my year bc idk what life will throw at me but i do know that i'm going into the new year much wiser
— Common Girl (@FIirtationship) December 28, 2016
5. 2016 really was the ultimate equalizer, wasn’t it?
No ones saying "2017 is gonna be my year!" Lol, 2016 humbled everyone
— ♛ Asian Cvndy ♛ (@_Chapati_Head_) December 28, 2016
6. Lest you be feeling optimistic…
7. Don’t. You stop that right now:
Also, if you're hoping 2017 will be better, Donald Trump will actually become the President of the United States
— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) December 27, 2016
8. Or do! This is sort of sweet:
9. Well, yeah:
10. Am I wiping sweat or tears from my face? I can’t tell:
x: maybe 2017 will be better!
— mar (@protectclexa) December 27, 2016
11. Hell yeah:
when ppl say that 2017 will be better but u remember that 2016 was not a fluke year but rather the culmination of systemic conditions pic.twitter.com/L6sqFqbZ81
— josie naron (@nosiejaron) December 25, 2016
12. This one feels a little personal, but, like, fine:
14. Also same:
me preparing to enter the polar vortex of garbage that will be 2017 pic.twitter.com/3n8LLHCTe7
— Gabby Noone (@twelveoclocke) December 23, 2016
In honor of Carrie Fisher I'm gonna make 2017 the year I flip off a lot more people
— Shalyah Evans (@ShalyahEvans) December 28, 2016
16. I hate to say “all of us,” but, like, this is all of us. Right?
17. This too:
18. Haha! I’ll take it:
i don't foresee 2017 being any better than 2016 but at least it will be a fresh new start of bad instead of an exhausting pile of bad
— SungWon Cho (ProZD) (@prozdkp) December 27, 2016
Are you looking forward to 2017? Why or why not? Let us know in the comments!