For me, 2016 will go down as one of the greatest years in my life because it is the year that both humanity and I grew up and woke up.
What do I mean by grew up and woke up? What I mean by this is that humanity and I grew up by realizing that one must take responsibility for oneself and that no one is to blame for one's choices and choices have consequences, good and bad! The idea is to accept these consequences with grace, like the American election that just happened, or the lack of education YOU decided not to get because you didn't care or were hooked into a culture that didn't value education and that decision is on you. You are left behind because of yourself not the government. To blame anyone or anything else for your circumstances is wrong-headed and I'm a Liberal saying this!!! Electing Donald Trump was a wake-up call that we must take responsibility for ourselves and he is not going to "save" us! Humanity is realizing this now.
Now, how did humanity and I wake up? Humanity woke up this year realizing that the world is interconnected and that all of humanity is ONE. All humans are all the same and our tribal warfare is the height of separation consciousness and we are coming together. How you treat others is how you treat yourself is what was learned by humanity in 2016. This was seen most clearly by humanities' acceptance of the new Pope and his ideas.
The two new consciousnesses on the planet, taking responsibility for yourself, for your actions and realizing that all humanity is one are the greatest lessons finally learned by most of humanity in 2016.
If you have not already learned these two vital things, I suggest you grow up quickly, change now and get with these awarenesses especially if you want to be happy and vibrant in 2017 and beyond.