Well, we’ve made it. The Mayans apparently didn’t think we would. Or maybe they thought we shouldn’t make it to this point, I don’t know. For the first time in a long time, I feel like I am in truly uncharted territory, where I don’t know what the future will hold. Not that I’m overly happy or distressed about this new year, just a feeling of curiosity. I’m not sure why. I passed a milestone birthday before this last year, so I don’t think that’s the reason.
This year there are so many issues sitting and waiting (some not very patiently at all) for attention. The last few years have been so predictable, but now I’m not so sure. Is it a sense of wonder or curiosity about the ever growing extremism in politics? Is it a general curiosity about what will happen this year?
I think it has more to do with where I am mentally. The last few years, I have been ‘all over the place’ in regards to what I believe and where I stand on many political and social issues. I think I am finally getting to the point where I am ‘comfortable in my own skin’. So often, I have been reluctant to say certain things or to even wonder aloud about some ideas/concepts etc. and now I feel somewhat more free to be able to express myself.
I look back at the last year, and in so many ways, it was very forgettable. So many things went wrong, broke down, and was generally miserable. Not to say there was nothing redeemable about the year, but it was so often overshadowed by the bad things. That tends to be what I remember. Apparently, I can be a prognosticator, as I successfully predicted the presidential election. I don’t know how much good that will do me, though.
So, all of that just to say goodbye to 2012 and hello to 2013! I hope the new year goes well for all of you.