The Wide Angle: Look mom, I used physics

Published 7:01 am Sunday, January 1, 2017

I thought I would use this week’s column, releasing on the first day of 2017, to reflect a moment on 2016.

Ummm….Let’s see.

Ahhhh….ummmm…there was … no that was horrible, but there was that other time …. Nuh-uh … still sucks.

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2016 really did suck.

Well, now what am I going to write about?

Listen, it would be easy to look back at 2016 and think, “Man that was just a downright horrible year.”

We lost Prince, David Bowie, Alan Rickman and now, just a few short hours before I started writing this — Carrie Fischer.

That’s not to mention quite possibly the worst election any one person has had to suffer through and the lingering fact that the Great Pumpkin (it’s my column, my opinion) will be settling his exploded straw-bale hairpiece into the Oval Office.

Then there are my own personal trials that mark this as a year I would rather forget. Nothing life-changing, but nothing that makes me want to don a cheerleader’s outfit and perform at halftime of a basketball game.

Try going to sleep with that mental picture.

So now, we’re tumbling our way into 2017 like a drunk giraffe with the hope that this year will somehow be better than the last.

It’s easy, of course, to be cynical. There is no indication that the political climate will change, we will lose more people — either those close to us or celebrities and we will have to deal with more memes on Facebook that have been over-shared.

Yeah, you know who you are.

I could use this column to give you a pep-talk, but would you really believe me? Unless you are the overly positive type that sees the good in everything, I doubt it. There just hasn’t been enough to really promote a 100 percent positive outlook on a new year.

Maybe though … a hope.

Now as you read this, I realize that it would be easy for you call me negative and you wouldn’t be wrong. In the game of is the cup half full and or empty, I will ask, “where the hell is the waiter?”

I was thinking this just the other day when I was watching a rerun of “The Big Bang Theory.” It was the episode where Leonard (Johnny Galecki) asked Penny (Kaley Cuoco) out for the first time.

It was awkward and painful to watch because more than a few of us who aren’t Ryan Reynolds can relate to it.

Later in the episode Leonard and Penny, in separate scenes, ask Sheldon (Jim Parsons) how the relationship would start or continue. Would it work? Should they even try it?

Sheldon’s answer, “Schrödinger’s cat.”

In simple terms (because it actually dives into quantum mechanics and I’m not sure I can even spell that without looking it up) Schrödinger’s cat is a thought experiment put forward by Erwin Schrödinger that posits a cat in a box with a flask of poison. Until the poison is released the cat can be thought of as both dead and alive.

There is an ungodly amount more to that and more than a few may call me out for some detail, but take that last part and put it to 2017.

Right now, 2017 can be seen as both good and bad. It’s only until we act upon the new year can we see how that’s going to go.

What this is is a chance for us to actually put our stamp on this year. There are 364 days after this one to change our world. We can learn from our mistakes, we can adapt to those roadblocks and we can climb those mountains standing in our way. To truly fail, to fall back into those damaging habits and to let the bad happen is to stand by and stare at the mountain.

Don’t just sit and do nothing. This is your world too so act upon it. I’m not going to sit here and tell you the world will be rosy and sunshine will light up everything and good will always win — because good will not always win. The bad and evil will claim their victories in the year to come so how will you react when it does?

This is your year — claim it.

Let the world hear your voices, stand up for your values. Don’t let anybody dictate how to live your life in this new year.

Their “wrong” can be your “right.”

It’s none of their concern. 2017 is neither dead or alive right now so make it what you see.