Reno’s Rant: And A Happy New Yeeeaaaarrrrr!

Wow! It’s hard to believe 2016 is FINALLY drawing to a close. It couldn’t come sooner. I don’t know if I’ve heard anyone talk about the year being a good one! I know for me personally it’s been a train wreck. Now I don’t want you to think that this is a woe is me, look how bad I had it sort of blog entry….it’s going to sound like that to start but hold on…wait for it!

Of course everyone knows how bad it’s been as far as the loss of beloved musicians David Bowie, Prince, George Michael, Glenn Frey, Merle Haggard, Leonard Cohen and Leon Russell; actors Carrie Fisher and her mom Debbie Reynolds, Florence Henderson, Gene Wilder and Alan Rickman; the champ Muhammad Ali, astronaut John Glenn, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, director Gary Marshall, funnyman Gary Shandling, former First Lady Nancy Reagan, author Harper Lee and many more. Everyone has felt the pain there.

The year got off to a crummy start as the show I loved, Big Hair Saturday Night was “cancelled” and replaced with Dee Snider’s House Of Hair. I always knew how much I loved that show and always appreciated the love I got from all of the fans of the show but I never really understood how much I needed the validation it provided me until it was gone.

I found out at the end of spring that I have Atrial Fibrillation which puts me at risk for stroke. While wearing a heart monitor for a month I found out the my heart was stopping for periods of time and that I need to have a pacemaker installed which I did in October.

In September my grandmother passed away. Due to mounting doctor bills and other money problems, I was the only one in my family who wasn’t able to make the trip to North Carolina to see her one last time….and that’s weighed heavy on me.

This fall I felt abandoned, betrayed, not good enough, tossed aside by someone who meant/means the world to me. Maybe a lot of those feelings are only because of how I perceive the situation but it’s how it made me feel all the same. I’ve felt like a big piece of me has died inside since then….

There’s more that I won’t go into but you get the picture. Now, I’m sure you’re saying to yourself, wow, what a pity party for yourself Reno. The thing is, THAT’S NOT the point of this blog post. After all of that, I’m still here! We’re all still here! No matter what we went through, we made it and that which doesn’t kill you makes you stronger!

Things can always be worse and for me, they weren’t! I realize that and am thankful for that! The Pens won the Cup in 2016! That was something great that happened. I’ve had the opportunity to become closer to people in my life that I wasn’t as close to before and that only makes my life better! Maybe I feel like I’m drowning financially sometimes but my head is still above water and like I said before, there are people in a lot worse shape than me.

So maybe 2016 wasn’t great….but we made it through and we have 2017 to look forward to! We’re not promised tomorrow, that’s for sure but it’s the hope that tomorrow we have a chance to start fresh in a new year and make it better than the last. It’s hope that keeps us moving forward and hope, well that’s a very powerful thing.

Here’s to a safe, happy, prosperous and better New Year everyone!

Until next year….cheers,

Reno