19 things to look forward to in 2019

Updated 11:54 AM ET, Wed December 19, 2018

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(CNN)You did it! You survived the passage of time and made it to another year, which means it's time to bask in the fleeting enthusiasm that comes with new resolutions and fresh planners and a slate wiped (kind of) clean of all of 2018's garbage. Savor that feeling, because before you know it, 2019 will become just as exhausting and weird.

However, there ARE some fascinating, significant, entertaining and promising things coming down the ol' time road that are bound to be bright spots no matter what 2019 brings. Let's enjoy them together.

1. Hope for the opioid crisis

It's no secret that opioid deaths and overdoses are at crisis levels in the US. However, 2019 may bring new ways of fighting this epidemic. Every year, the Cleveland Clinic releases the most important medical advancements for the coming year, and at the top of its list for 2019 is alternative pain management therapies. Basically, since opioid addiction can start with prescription opiates, things like genetic testing to determine drug sensitivity can help identify not only which patients will and will not be helped by such medications -- but give a more precise idea of exactly how much to prescribe. So, expect more of these types of preventative advancements.

2. ANOTHER royal baby

First came love, then came marriage, and now Prince Harry and real-life American princess Meghan Markle are expecting their first baby. While the fam has been understandably mum on the exact due date, we can expect a ridiculously beautiful addition to the Windsor line some time in the spring.

3. 3D-printed everything