We are in such a different energetic situation to last year. Last year we were being affected by near-constant waves of energy thanks to the Solar Flares. They acted like the contractions of labour, bringing up from within us all the last remnants of whatever needed to be released before we entered a new level of ourselves in this new evolutionary cycle. Now that we're in the new cycle, it is like the dam walls have burst allowing us to ride the wave into parts of the river we haven't accessed before.
In any given day, and in any given moment, it is our choice as to which part of the river we are swimming in. We spend time in the old part and the new part and neither is actually better or worse. In the higher realms, high vibrational souls go 'down' to 'lower' levels to help souls go 'up' the levels all the time. Sometimes the souls don't want to go 'up' because they are comfortable where they are, or they are needed where they are or they are not yet ready to go 'up'. Try not to judge where you are or where anyone else is, because wherever you are you have landed there because on some level some part of your vibrational reality was attracted to that level.
If you don't like it, take a minute to get conscious and ask yourself ok, why am I here in this part of the river, in this situation, in this pattern? Your soul might have an answer for you completely different to the one you were expecting. You can ask your Soul these kinds of things in meditation or via journalling. Journalling is a great way to check your emails from your own Soul/Self!