Why I'm Glad 2016 Is Over...

I'm one of those people who likes to take some time to reflect at the end of each year...

As I sit here in Florida (been visiting my sister) on my last day of Christmas break, there are a lot of thoughts running through my head... A lot of goal stuff (things I've accomplished this year / things I want to accomplish next year), but also a lot of "good sadness". I say good sadness because these are thoughts that I'm cool with, but still make me feel down sometimes. I think "good sadness" is healthy for us all... Lemme explain...

I'd describe 2016 as a full roller coaster (like a pretty full wrangle). It's had some awesome ups, but also some EPIC downers --> Let's start with the good...

Everyday things: God is GOOD, I'm healthy, I have awesome friends, I have a car that works (my old one bit the dust this year - RIP Brutus) and I have been blessed to get to work on music...

AWESOMENESS things: I have put out a release with Neon Hitch, worked on Monday Night Football theme song + have a track with 100K+ plays on Spotify... STILL HARD TO BELIEVE. Couldn't do any of this without you guys and I'm forever grateful for all the support.

The sad things --> I won't mention names (it's irrelevant), but I've lost some awesome friends this past year (clarify - they're still alive, but our friendship isn't the same). It makes my heart hurt a lot and I won't go into the details, but I think I've learned a lot along the way... They truly don't lie when they say "you can't win 'em all"

Friendships come and go in life and sometimes there's nothing we can do about it... When you grow up with friends people change over the years (good or bad) --> They get girlfriends / boyfriends, get married and have nuggets, follow career dreams or whatever else, but sometimes those things separate you. As much as it isn't awesome from time to time, I feel like it's a natural part of life. Advice: If you find a friend that walks your same path in life, do whatever you can to keep them close (even if you have a girlfriend / boyfriend). Life-long friendship is hard to find, but it's like a little piece of gold if you do...

I'll end with this though ---> No matter how hard you try, you can't change anyone... The only person you can change is yourself. The best thing we can do in tough situations is think about how we can be better as individuals. I think our human nature is to call someone out on their flaws first and consider our faults second (or even never). It's easy to do (I say this because I do it), but at the end of the day what truly matters is that you are always allowing yourself to grow...