Last year, the lamented and confusing 2016 was a bit of a mixed bag.
If I was a betting man, I would essentially have lost.
I still struggle to understand the logic or benefit of Britain leaving the European Union, but the referendum happened and that is what came out.
I also can’t foresee what President Trump brings to a political table, but the US electorate in their wisdom, decided that Hilary was not for them.
We lost too many major celebrities and icons during 2016. Although this is sad of course, there is no “Curse of 2016”.
It is not the year that killed these folks off. It is just that their time had come or their lifestyle choices did for them.
But on a personal level, I had a great year and have made some lovely friends and had some brilliant times.
There were wobbles – mainly related to my Mum’s health and care.
But looking back, I would say that 2016 was actually the best year I have had for some time.
I won’t be naming names or thanking individuals here, but those responsible know who you are, so thank you.
Ironically just after the Cub Scouts Centenary celebration on 16 December 2016, I have decided to hang up my 5th Reigate Scout Group fleece.
I have been on a bit of a downward cycle in my attitude about Scouts for probably over a year now and it hasn't improved (as it always has in the past).
I haven't missed Cub Scouts during the holiday breaks and haven't thought "Great, it's Monday. Let's get me to Cubs" when we have been due to start again, even after the extended Summer break.
Cub Scouts has become little more than what I do on a Monday evening.
After much soul searching, I decided over the Christmas break that the time has come for me to jump and see where I land as my heart isn't in it now.
I will miss the camaraderie and good nature of some of the leaders who I have worked with for about 24 years, but that is about all, and I will keep in touch with them.
This decision has been a long time coming, but I think the time is right for me to go, before the great memories of the good times we have had are tainted by bitterness and resentment because I am just going through the motions for the next meeting / term / year or whatever.
My appointment as Cub Scout Sectioon Assistant will officially end on 28 February 2017.