2018 Summed up in 5 Simple Words

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2018 is almost over, and how should we describe it? I would call it a doozy. A big one. A rough go of it. Remember in 2016 when we were like, “This was terrible,” and then 2017 happened and we were like, “Oh. It got way worse. Well, we won’t make that mistake again, thinking it couldn’t get worse. We are going into 2018 knowing that it can get worse.” And now, we have finally come to the end of 2018. What is your verdict? For some, it was a year of personal triumphs in the face of national and international well, um, disaster.

For others, their personal lives seemed to mirror what is going on around the world. 2018 definitely had its ups and downs, and the people of Twitter agree. People started sharing the five words that sum up the year for them. There is a variety of experiences represented in these tweets. Which one most closely resembles yours?

Before we ring in the new year, it’s important to reflect on the one that’s ending.

What five words would you use to describe 2018? These Twitter users have some ideas.

Best time

Well, that’s nice! Bet you didn’t expect there to be a positive one right off the bat, did you? This just warmed my heart.


My friend, this is a very good question, and I am afraid that in 2019 we might learn the answer to it.

Wild ride

I would say that calling 2018 a “wild ride” might count as the understatement of the century.


I understand the impulse to want 2018 to be over, but do you think 2019 is going to be any better?

Game of Thrones

It’s crazy to think about, but it really has been a whole year without Game of Thrones. Luckily, next year will be different. Unluckily, that will be the last year of Game of Thrones we get for a long while.

Bad idea

I don’t know what he is referring to, but I agree. It was all a bad idea.


Hey, there was a pretty interesting election this year and Democrats took back the House and so many important seats flipped! That was good.


Honestly, there are a lot of people who deserve a refund for 2018, and we won’t get one because taxes on us are too high while rich people and corporations are avoiding taxes left and right.

Insanity and irrationality

This seems about right. There is a lot of insanity and irrationality out there.

Take chances

This is a good lesson. Mistakes will be made! And that’s OK!


There are still a few days left! This whole thing could turn around.

December already

On one hand, I feel like this year has gone by so fast. On another, it feels like it’s been 2018 forever.


These are all mighty powerful words! It feels like it has definitely been a year to remember for this person.


2018 has been the year of the woman! And I don’t think that’s going to change in 2019. Thank goodness.

All panic

There was a lot of panicking happening in 2018, but you know what, there was good reason for it.


I am glad this person is hopeful. The thing is, even if we get democracy back, we still need to work to save our planet.


Bumpy is a really good word for 2018. There were ups and downs and canyons and mountains.

One Direction

Man, if you are still mourning the loss of One Direction, you gotta get over it. We now have Harry Styles the solo artist, and that is so much better.


I really amped up how much I read toward the end of the year, and I want to keep that going into 2019.


Well, good for this person! I don’t know many people who can say that about 2018.

Move on

It would be nice if we could all move on from 2018, you know, after we learn a whole lot about ourselves and make some sweeping changes.

Thank you

This is quite nice, to thank the year for the lessons you have learned. I don’t know if I’m there yet.


Oh, honey, we are in the midst of it. The apocalypse is here.

What is wrong?

I don’t know if we will ever know the full answer to this question. But I hope we learn what is right with us in 2019.

Love and understanding

Yeah, I would say we need a whole bunch more of this in 2019. Specifically from the people in power.


I think a lot of people spent 2018 trying to do the right thing and fight for the people who need to be fought for. And we need to continue to do that.

Not again

I think it’s safe to say none of us want to repeat a lot of the stuff that happened in 2018. On to bigger and hopefully better things.


This is a question I don’t want to ask again in 2019 unless the answer is “He got impeached.”


Yeah. Same. Share this with someone to reflect on the year!