Help me 2017, you’re my only hope

I had just woken up in my hotel room in Sydney when I heard the news that Carrie Fisher had died, four days after she stopped breathing on a flight from London to Los Angeles. While 2016 saw the passing of many iconic figures, this one probably hit me the hardest.

Like most of the world, I first saw Carrie as Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy.

But the hilariously honest way in which Carrie wrote and talked about her battles with addiction and bipolar disorder made me admire her all the more. So I got her likeness tattooed on me in February 2015, and I’ll treasure that for the rest of my life.

If you spend half as much time online as I do, you’ll know that 2016 was widely dubbed the “worst year ever”, in part due to the deaths of so many beloved famous people. I was fortunate enough to see Prince live at Perth Arena early in the year — which would turn out to be just eight weeks before he died. No photos or recording devices were allowed, so I can’t show you anything from that concert, but by the time I left the building, he was in my top three live acts of all time.

On a more personal note, someone close to me was diagnosed with cancer in 2016, but as I write this, they seem to be doing well. So I’m quietly hopeful that 2017 will bring good news for us.

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Fireworks for the New Year. Photo by Freerange Stock Archives.
While it’s easy to focus on the negatives, last year had its highlights too. I returned to full-time study with the goal of qualifying as a library technician. And after a few false starts, I began writing what I hope will be my second novel during NaNoWriMo. (I’ve had some rejections for my first novel, but I will keep trying to get it published.)

I also flexed my writing muscle for other websites:

Other highlights included:

  • Seeing 1927, my favourite Australian band, four times — bringing my total tally to 16.

    A photo posted by Lee-Ann Khoh (@leeannkhoh) on

  • Attending the midnight premiere of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. I don’t watch many movies, so actually going to the cinema is usually an event anyway.
  • The 50th anniversary of Star Trek and the release of what I consider to be the best of the “Kelvin Timeline” reboots, Star Trek Beyond.
  • Spending the holidays with my Sydney family, which includes my brother, sister-in-law and nephew.

In 2017, I hope to keep writing and improving as a writer, as well as continuing my studies. While 2016 wasn’t entirely awful for me (despite the rather dramatic blog title), I know some people who had genuinely horrific years, and I hope for a better 365 days for them too.

Happy New Year.

4 Replies to “Help me 2017, you’re my only hope”

  1. I really loved reading this post Lee-Ann! Personally, 2016 wasn’t a great year and the deaths of Bowie and Prince affected me more than I expected – like you I was lucky enough to see Prince live (that one time I skipped school and travelled to the other end of the country-totally worth it! Sorry parents!) and both his and Bowie’s music have been part of my life as long as I can remember. It’s hard to believe that they are gone.

    I spent Hogmanay at the street party in Edinburgh, watching Paolo Nutini’s concert under Edinburgh Castle which was possibly the best way to send of 2016. I love him anyway, but it was clear that Paolo wanted to help see out the old year in an uplifting way too – definitely the best I have ever seen him live! During one of his songs, he paid tribute to some of those who passed on in 2016 (Prince, Bowie, Carrie Fisher and others); and at the bells there was a huge firework display set to Let’s Go Crazy and Rebel Rebel (and a snippet of the Star Wars theme). It sounds strange but it was honestly such an uplifting and cathartic night and the best way to welcome in 2017. I’m just hoping that 2017 is a better year for the world :p Hope 2017 brings you everything you want it to!

  2. Hey Kevin, it was different to what I was expecting but I really enjoyed it. It felt quite realistic. I know people who were bothered by the “CGI’d faces” but I didn’t mind them.

  3. Thanks Sara! I always feel a bit strange mourning people I didn’t personally know, but the fact is they’ve impacted our lives in some way so it feels like a personal loss. I’m glad you were able to end last year and start this year in an uplifting way. Hope 2017 is much better for you, and the world. 🙂

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