So I’m a further behind on this post than I would like to be but it is still something I really want to upload. Apologizes for the tardiness, but get ready because this is gonna be a long one. I will be leaving links to as much as possible at the end of the post.
I think we can all agree that 2016 was quite the whirlwind of a year! It was definitely a noteworthy one for me personally.
For starters, I started the year off right with ‘the first selfie of 2016’.
Here are just a few of my instagram highlights:
Now on to Youtube. I tried to find al the new channels I subscribed to this past year, but I can’t guarantee I got all of them, these are the ones I found (in no particular order):
- Andrew Ducote – Family/life vlogs
- Daniel Fernandez – Magician/vlogs
- Joe Santagato – Comedy
- Extra Joe – Vlog channel for Joe Santagato
- Kent Heckel – Daily vlogger in college
- The Official Logan Paul – Main channel general/comedy
- Logan Paul Vlogs – Daily vlog channel for Logan Paul
- Mark Dohner – Daily vlogs/artistic videos
- Mark Ferris – General/vlogs
- Ocean Josh – General/comedy
- Rory Kramer – Photography/Cinematography (He has filmed music videos for major artists including Avicii and The Chainsmokers)
- The Slow Mo Guys 2 – Behind the scenes for their main channel
- Alex Aiono
- Andrew Foy
- Conor Maynard
- Sam Robbins Music
And lastly, just a few of the memorable videos from this year:
- Saving Logan Paul
- These Glasses Saved My Colorblindness
- Mad Libs Madness – Joe Santagato
- Cleaning Gavin’s Desk
- The Truth About My Deppression
- Funny Brittish McDonalds drive-thru worker
- Day 5 episode 1
- Rt Life – Rooster Teeth
- Camp Camp series – Rooster Teeth
- And we can’t forget the unforgettable rise of ‘Carpool Karaoke’ with James Cordon
Of course there are so many things that have been left out, but this is already going to be a ridiculously long post. So we are going to move on to more personal things.
I have had a lot of life altering experiences and discoveries occur to me this year. Now, I am not typically I very open person with this kind of stuff but it would be like cheating if I left something so significant tlike this out.
The first major change is my body, I’ll give you a bit of background on that. I have been a competitive rower for 6 years now, and if you know anything about rowing you know that it is a weight category sport. This has never bothered me and as a result I have always been very open about my weight, I honestly couldn’t care less about who knows how much I weigh. Anyway, in my grad year (2015) I had a couple surguries and wasn’t competing at my fullest. That year I weighed in at 74kg (for you imperial folk thats about 163lbs). I’m 5’5″ and built like an athlete, but I wasn’t exactly at a ‘super healthy’ weight. After starting Uni and amping up my training I lost about 5kg (10ish lbs).This was much better but because of my weight I was still competing against girls that were 6′ and taller so I decided to take the challenge and drop down to the lightweight category (60kg, or 130-132lbs). Let me tell you, it was a long process and it was not easy! But guess what?! I’m here! And I’m proud to say that after quite the journey through 2016 I am now comfortably sitting at weight for my category! I’ve been thinking about making a longer post about this, so let me know if it’s something you’d like to see.
Moving on to another personal change. Around May of 2016 I was diagnosed with ADHD and not long after, deppression as well. This was a totaly shock to the system thats for sure! But as crazy as the whole process was I’m glad it was discovered and as a result it’s starting to be dealt with. I know this will sound cliche but I’m gonna say it anyway. I had grown up always being told that I was slow, lazy, forgetful, quiet/shy… the list goes on. Now that I’ve been diagnosed it’s as though a weight has been lifted. I have an answer for all these things, and with the help of medication things are starting to turn around and get better. If you had asked me before being diagnosed if I thought I was deppressed no question I would have answered ‘no’. Now, I realize how deppressed I really was. It’s like night and day and it boggles my mind what a difference the medication makes. I’m not going to go much further into this because there are other things I want to get to, but I wrote an assignment for one of my writing courses going into more depth about this and will post it later on.
Alright, now into the good stuff! I’ll never be able to cover all the shit that went down this year on the global scale, but I will attempt to do a solid portion of it.
When I googled major events in 2016 no word of a lie the first thing that came up was this headline: “1st Adele World Tour in 5 Years!” If that doesn’t represent where our priorities were in 2016 I don’t know what does (even though I love you Adele).
A real mind blowing thing that happened? Hmmm… Oh yea! Queen Elizabeth just turned 90 thats all. No biggie. GUYS, 90! This woman is literally indestructible.
What else happened?
2016 Rio Olympics! As a summer olympic fan I loved it, but I’m still going to go over the good, the bad, and the Lindsay… I’ll explain that one later.
First let’s start with the good:
- Canada sent 313 athletes
- 62 athletes won medals
- 87% of medals were won by women
- We had 9 consecutive days with a medal
- 2 athletes that medaled were 16 (making them the first Canadians to medal who were born in the 2000’s)
- Penny Oleksiak not only set an olympic record, but she also won 4 medals (most ever won by a Canadian at a single summer games)
- Andre De Grasse was the first Canadian to ever triple medal in the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m
Now, unfortunately the bad (keep in mind that I’m an athlete and whole heartedly support the olympics, these are just things I think should be addressed):
- The polution in Rio was and is ridiculous! There are so many issues surrounding this, and I’m not saying that everywhere else is perfect in comparison but they made a promise to clean it up for the games.
- Another aspect that a lot of people don’t know about are the favelas. A favela is a sort of self-run town. Most of these towns are run by the drug cartels in Rio and are very dangerous. They have make shift electrical work and water access is limited. What does this have to do with the olympics? First, they drove incredible amounts of people out of their homes to make room for the olympic venues. Second, instead of trying to address the problems they have they just covered them up so no one could see them… literally. If you look at some of the tv coverage you can see large walls linning the freeways from the airport to the venues, they had great photos and artwork displayed on them representing the olympics to take away from the fact that they were hiding the parts of the city no one wanted you to see.
- Next is the water. The venue for the rowing/paddling, etc. events was the Lagoa. A polluted body of water that in the past, if its water was injested you had to get your stomach pumped! And it hasn’t really changed since then, if you were to fall in you were basically guaranteed some kind illness.
- The last thing I’m going to rant about is the promises Rio made. They promised water treatment plants along with many other things that never happened. They said they would make four treatment plants and they only finished one. ONE! And they were still allowed to host. I don’t just think that this is unfair to the athletes who have to deal wit hthe conditions, but what does that tell everyone else who wants to host in the future? ‘As long as you promise good things and have good intentions it doesn’t matter if you meet them, its the thought that counts?’ Does no one else see the issue here? They just told every other country that it doesn’t matter what they say they will do because it doesn’t matter. Once they’ve been chosen they can do whatever they want. My point is, don’t promise something you can’t follow through on.
Alright now onto the ‘Lindsay’. Lindsay Jennerick is a Canadian olympic team lightweight rower and silver medalist in the Rio games. Now if you rewind a bit, you’ll remeber that I too am a lightweight rower. So you could only imagine the excitement I and all the other lightweight girls felt when it was announced that Lindsay was going to be our Lightweight coach this year! I know that this really only applies to a very small group of people who could possibly relate to this. But let me tell you, it doesn’t matter who you are to know that this is an incredible priviledge. Needless to say Lindsay is a ledgend where I come from, so it was an unforgettable day when she joined the team.
So another unforgettable event this past year was the US election. Now I’m not here to voice my political opinion or get into that because I’m sure we’re all tired of hearing about this mess of a situation. I will say however, that the only good thing to come out of this election are the Obama/Biden memes.
Moving on… to Pop culture. And by pop culture I mean movies and albums that were released this year. These are just the ones that either were important to me or stood out to me, I obviousy can’t cover all of them.
- Jan 27 – Lazer Team
- Feb 12 – Deadpool
- Mar 10 – 10 Cloverfield Lane
- Apr 7 – Hardcore Henry
- Apr 27 – Captain America: Civil War
- Jun 9 – Now You See Me 2
- Jun 17 – Finding Dory
- Jul 7 – Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
- Jul 15 – Stranger Things (‘Netflix Original Tv series’ I know, but I can’t leave it out!)
- Aug 1 – Suicide Squad (I will probably make a post later about this movie)
- Aug 12 – Sausage Party
- Oct 13 – Doctor Strange
- Dec 8 – Office Christmas Party
- Dec 14 – Assassin’s Creed
- Dec 16 – Star Wars: Rogue One. (The Star Wars franchise made quite the comeback in the past two years)
Now for my favorite part, the music (bolded some that have stayed on repeat):
- Jan 15 – Death Of A Bachelor by Panic! At The Disco
- Jan 15 – Greatful by Classified
- Jan 28 – Nine Track Mind by Charlie Puth
- Jan 29 – This Is Acting by Sia
- Feb 14 – Life Of Pablo by Kanye (I don’t listen to his music, but you can’t forget Kanye!)
- Feb 26 – This Unruly Mess I’ve Made by Macklemore
- Apr 1 – Lukas Graham ‘Blue Album’ by Lukas Graham
- Apr 1 – Weezer by Weezer
- Apr 8 – Cleopatra by The Lumineers
- Apr 23 – Lemonade by Beyonce
- May 6 – At Night, Alone by Mike Posner
- May 8 – A Moon Shaped Pool by Radiohead
- May 13 – Night Sports by 3OH!3
- May 13 – Cloud Nine by Kygo
- May 27 – Skin/Skin Companion EP. by Flume
- May 27 – Good Luck and Do Your Best/ Your Good Times Are Just the Beginning EP. by Gold Panda
- Jun 3 – Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping by The Lonely Island
- Jun 27 – The Getaway by Red Hot Chili Peppers
- Jul 1 – What We Live For by American Authors
- Jul 1 – California by Blink-182
- Aug 19 – Endless by Frank Ocean
- Aug 20 – Blonde by Frank Ocean
- Sep 9 – Cold World by Of Mice And Men
- Sep 23 – Illuminate/Don’t Be A Fool EP. by Shawn Mendes
- Oct 14 – Walls by Kings Of Leon
- Nov 4 – Collage EP. by The Chainsmokers
- Nov 11 – Unifinished Business/ Kiss Me Quick EP. by Nathan Sykes
- Nov 18 – 24K Magic by Bruno Mars
- Nov 18 – DNCE by DNCE
- Dec 2 – W:/2016ALBUM/ by Deadmau5
- Dec 2 – Darkness and Light by John Legend
And something I’m not sure anyone was expecting was the announcement of Avicii’s retirement?!
And last but certainly not least the things I rediscovered and hope to continue into 2017:
- With the Panic! album release it reminded me of how much I used to love them and I rekindled my love for not only them but a couple other bands that had dropped off my radar for a while. These include – Panic! (of course), Fall Out Boy, Twenty One Pilots, Blink-182, and All Time Low. I have had all of these playing non stop lately!
- Along those same line I rekindled my love for music in general. This year I’ve gone back to listening to the music I truly, truly love (pop/rock, alternative). I also gave you a peak into what my personal life was like this past year and at first I had sort of lost my love for music as a result, but as I started to really work through what was going on I relied on music to help me through. And I honestly owe a lot to music and what it did for me this past year and now I don’t think I can go a day without it.
- Another thing I rediscovered my love for was photography. It kinda goes along with starting this blog. I uped my instagram game this year and also got into it more to hopefully add to my content here.
- I also finally decided to persue my dreams in university and transfer into the writing program. My goal is to go into film and so I’ve made a promise to myself that I will watch at least one movie a week. It doesn’t matter what genre, etc. as long as I watch it. And this has really solidified my love for tv and movies!
Well… There you go, 2016 in a nutshell. Not that you would ever be able to cover all the madness that happened this year, but I think I did an okay job. I hope you enjoyed and I hope you’re ready for the year to come!
*I will leave links to as many things as possible down below*
Youtube: Becca Girard
Olympic Website: http://olympic.ca/
Food tracker I use: https://www.myfitnesspal.com/
Featured Image credit: unsplash.com
Memorable Videos (In order listed above):