Taylor Swift's upbeat review of 2017 gets torn apart on Twitter
When it comes to the end of the year, it's easy to get excited about the celebrations that come on December 31st. The night itself can be a mixed bag, as a bad or disappointing experience becomes far worse when there so much anticipation built over the previous 365 days. However, when things go well, it can be the highlight of the year.
One thing you can pretty much always rely on is that the idea of moving into a new year will feel like a new start. Even though it really is just a new day, you can look forward to changes you want to make and set out your new year's resolutions. So if you've had an amazing year, you can pay tribute to what a great time you've had. And if you've had a terrible one, well - the next one can be different.
Many of us came into 2017 this way. I know that I ended 2016 thinking, 'well, at least 2017 can't be any worse'. While there have been plenty of positives along with the negatives, it's hard not to look at the events that have happened around the world and say it straight - we'll all be glad to leave it behind.
Taylor Swift has had a particularly good year and chose to share her gratitude online. After a concert at London's Jingle Bell Ball this week, Swift posted a photo of the crowd, with her under spotlights on stage. Along with the Instagram photo, she added the caption: "I couldn't have asked for a better year, all thanks to you. Thanks for all the birthday wishes. Can't wait to see what 28 will be like".
Billboard highlighted part of the quote in a recent tweet, linking to a story on the success of her recent album Reputation, adding "Taylor Swift reflects on 2017: "I couldn't have asked for a better year"
This sparked one user to reply to the tweet, pointing out that for many, 2017 was pretty damn terrible. "I mean, yeah there were Nazi's and white supremacy marches, and families are being town [sic] apart, and there were mass shootings, and people are losing health care," she wrote, "but none of that affects me, so 2017 was great!"
Soon enough the rest of Twitter piled on, poking fun at how ridiculous it seemed to deem 2017 a great year.
Yet there were those who defended the singer, explaining that just because you are paying tribute to a great personal year, that doesn't mean you are ignoring the numerous problems in the world. "Saying your personal year was good says literally nothing about the social/political state," one wrote. "A year can be shit socially but good to you regarding personal growth."
Others went even further, saying that the way that Billboard presented the quote made it look worse than it actually was, inviting others to attack the star.
I think the main thing to take away here is that it's perfectly fine to be happy with your own year in terms of personal growth, employment, and relationships, even if you know that the world is currently pretty chaotic.