Ladies and gentlemen, it’s over. It’s all over. There’s absolutely no denying it and I can’t stop it anymore. 2015 has been taken away from us by that vile bitch; time. So let’s do the only thing we can do while experiencing such a traumatic event: let’s look back on all the good times and the bad, the warm and the cold, the highs and the lows before we lower 2015 into its permanent grave.

To say 2015 has been a roller coaster would be a cliche and an example of lazy writing so we’ll stick with it. The year started off dramatic as can be; people got shot and I felt the need to write about it. Only three weeks after the horrible Charlie Hebdo shootings the world was back to celebrating the anniversary of the greatest day in the history of man kind: my birth. Seriously though, people bounced back from the January 7th terrorist attack the way people have been bouncing back for years. We defended our freedom, celebrated our equality and stood shoulder by shoulder, around the world.

In 2015 the internet showed its true power. Years ago only geniuses could see the potential that the world wide web possesses, but in 2015 it became undeniable and truly unavoidable. On February 26th, people all over the world came together to discuss one of the most important questions of the 21st century. For a few days mankind put aside their differences in culture and religion to combine the world’s brainpower and figure out the color of a dress. The dress — which was obviously black and blue — came under much scrutiny as a group of color-rebels decided the dress was in fact gold and white. For days the two camps fought against one another to finally give up and let the issue wash away. Will we ever find out which color the dress truly has? Maybe in 2000 years people will read about the woman who found a magical dress and captivated the world with a single image.

2015 was also the year of space travel. Nasa flew a shuttle past Pluto and put a probe on a comet. SpaceX did the space-travel equivalent of throwing a pencil over the Empire State Building, having it land upright on the other side but the most important and unforgettable that event happened this year was a story of a man, stuck on Mars. An incredible achievement for the human race was the retrieval of astronaut Mark Watney after he was left alone on Mars with nothing more than the gear his crew left behind and his brilliant mind. The documentary of his adventure deserved all the attention it got and quickly became one of my favorite non-fiction films.

On a more serious note, 2015 has been a rough year for our population but we’ve kept our heads high and kept moving forward. I think 2015 has shown that it takes a hell of a lot to bring fear to the hearts of the western civilization. You punish us for drinking wine? We start drinking whiskey. You don’t like our suggestive clothing? We walk around naked. We’re not here to back down and we’ll keep fighting whoever attempts to disturb the way we live.

As we kiss each other at 0:00 tonight, let’s remember the good times we had in 2015 and think of those of us who’ve had it rough. Remember those we’ve lost through sickness or force and stand together as one. Together as humans.

I hope you all have a beautiful 2016.

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