Hey, you. 2016.

I gotta say, you never looked so sexy.

Look at you there. Beautiful, clean, expansive, and mysterious. The way you sit there winking at me, giving me the nod, just aching for me to come and introduce myself to you, and woo you, and wine you, and dine you, and take you home for a little who knows what to follow.

Before I do, you should probably know… I’m on the rebound. I’m totally flirting with you right now on the heels of an extremely fresh breakup with another year. 2015. I’m sure you heard of that year. Oh man, 2015 was a beeotch. Just sayin’. I don’t know how I got involved with that year in the first place, but it took me something like twelve months to finally walk away from that one.

I finally did. Yay! And who do I bump into the moment I do?

You. 2016.

So inviting. So exciting. So fantastic. So… not 2015. It’s almost like it was meant to be.

So please let me buy you a drink and we can talk about all the adventures we might certainly have together.

It’s weird. I never knew you before this moment, yet I look at you right now and I see only hope. And good things to come. And a whole lot of fun. And incredible friendships. And who knows… Maybe even love? Like, real love… The kind that makes me never want to leave you the way I left 2015?

I mean, I really don’t want to dwell on past relationships, but 2015 was kind of a jerk most of the time. A bit abusive even. Sent me to the hospital repeatedly. Dipped love in and out of my life. Got in the way of some of my closest friendships. Flipped my business ventures upside down.

Oh, it was definitely not all bad. We had some incredible times. 2015 pushed me to lead three giant Tough Mudder teams to do amazing things. It brought and strengthened so many friendships. It showed me passions and skills and talents I didn’t even know I had. There were so many good things about that year, so please don’t harbor harsh feelings on my behalf, because I certainly don’t. I just got to this point where I was so ready to be done with it, and go out and have new adventures with a new year who might treat me a little better.

And so I left 2015 in the dust. I didn’t even say goodbye. And I came looking for you.

2016.

The world is our oyster. Our slate is clean. Our canvas is blank.

Let’s go do amazing things. Let’s build fantastic things together. Let’s work side by side to bring happiness into my life, my son’s life, and the life of everyone we encounter. Let’s enjoy our time together, and dwell only on all the good things that life and being human is.

I just get the feeling you’re that kind of year. You’re the kind of year I’ve been looking for my whole life. You’re the kind of year that won’t break my heart and will strengthen my body and soul. You just have that look and energy about you.

And I’m excited to get to know you, 2016.

My name is Dan, by the way.

Good to meet you.

What do you say you and I get out of here? (wink wink)

Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing

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Dan Pearce is an American-born author, app developer, photographer, and artist. This blog, Single Dad Laughing, is what he's most known for, with more than 1.4 million daily subscribers as of 2017. Pearce writes mostly humorous and introspective works, as well as his musings which span from fatherhood, to dating, to life, to the people and dynamics of society. Single Dad Laughing is much more than a blog. It's an incredible community of people just being real and awesome together!