Last year at this time I made a grand proclamation. 2016 was going to be better than the catastrophe that was 2015. Whoops. I still kicked it in the teeth. It tried, but didn’t kill me. It tried, but didn’t break me. Rather than reviewing all of the garbage (deaths, surgery, and so much more), I’m going to try to seek out a few really good things that happened this year. It was more than an election. It was more than a mass of celebrity deaths. 2016 very nearly brought me to my breaking point.
So let’s try to make some sense of a year.
I was given a tribe. I worked and worked. I cried. I laughed. I forgot to eat. I battled my memory, but I found the most amazing people, and they took me in.
I pushed myself. I found new ways to be. I made myself be better. I made myself do better. I had to pull back from other things I care about, but it only made me miss those things too and want to work on them just as hard.
These images were a tiny dream fulfilled.
These two humans did so much more for my heart and my head than people will ever understand, and this image consistently fills me with joy.
Honestly, these people. Every moment with them. On stage. In rehearsals. Burning fingertips making masks. Celebrating Harry Potter. Meeting late at Henry’s. This year would not have been as livable without each of them.
There was also a great deal of pie.
I was allowed to participate in An Evening With the Authors three times. In turn, I met some truly incredible people.
Did I mention all of the new Harry Potter? Cursed Child. Fantastic Beasts.
And we got new X-Files. And new Star Wars.
Shakespeare readings continued in full force.
Danny Tamberelli called me “family.”
I scored some amazing best friend time. Some of it was sad. Some of it was painful. Most of it was hilarious. All of it was life-giving.
We got matching tattoos, and I eventually became mine. It was bound to happen.
Some much needed time with my brother whenever we could get it.
I was loved in ways I’ll never be able to comprehend. Kindness came in so many ways, and I’m forever thankful.I was able to create a space for anything to happen, and I’m in love with it.
We had so many amazing shows and so many opportunities.
I was able to do my very best to honor one of my reasons to love comedy. I think I did an alright job.
Even though she didn’t win, I was able to proudly and without hesitation vote for a candidate I believed in. I was able to vote for a main party candidate who also happened to be a woman.Gilda Catner and I became the same. It was already underway, but 2016 was the full transition.
I wrote 115 affirmations, even when it was hard. I created 31 things for 31 straight days. I found or was sent over 100 new payphones. I communicated and received some pretty beautiful responses from two artists that changed my life, Julianne Swartz and Brian Michael Bendis. I met so many new people that I’m so proud to know. I had many successes, small though they were. I had some pretty big failures and defeats, but that’s not what this is about. Thank you to everyone who made 2016 livable. I couldn’t have done it without you.