New Year's Day marks a new beginning, another new chapter in our lives; it is the first day of the calendar each year, it is psychological, yet it is a powerful one that we humans have given to that new chapter. At times, New Year's Day simply passes by without any significance while at other times, it signifies the beginning of a great year!
2010, exactly a decade after the fear for millennium bug which had the IT industry went bonkers before it but instead, it was a false alarm. A decade later, we are looking forward (well, me particularly) to a new decade with hopes that it will turn out to be a better, peaceful and smoother decade. The last 10 years was filled with wars, terrors, calamities, deaths and diseases. It was significant and eventful but it is not one we were all prepared for. We began the decade with terrors in New York and ended with a war in Gaza. That's pretty frightening and undesirable. We also saw many natural disasters like typhoons, snow storms & earthquakes. Yes, it does sounds pessimistic in retrospect; we did not begin year 2000 knowing what this last decade would bring though. As with the last decade, with the world experiencing temporarily the collapse of the market economy and financial system in 2008 which caused massive unemployment (never seen before in the last 5 decades) worldwide, we are in for solemn times. Reflection ought to be the key word in everyone's mind. What will the future be like, we all like to know. We will not know except that with faith, we hope it will be a better one.
Faith is one of the topics Lunch contributors has begun to grapple with, as with life, love, friendship, hope, dream and courage. Yet, although some may think it to be spiritual and intangible, I think it is one that is essential in each and everyone of us. I did contemplate writing a piece on Faith but I decide on writing about New Year's Day instead. However, I feel that faith is most powerful and meaningful only to people who have had the experience of it personally. Like religion and your belief in God, it cannot be fostered nor can it be taught. It is like a calling, either you have it or you don't (at that moment in time). It is way too hard for me to explain and it is not easy to write about. One day in the future when I'm inspired, I'm sure I'd have something to write on it. For now, it's New Year's Day! :-)
Frankly, although I've been on this planet for an awfully lots of time, New Year's Day hadn't been eventful (for me, I mean) as far as my memory serves me. This New Year's Day though, it probably won't be either. I've no flight to take, no party to attend, no one in particular to see (well, I spent my Christmas in the hospital with a friend and I certainly don't intend to spend the New Year in the hospital again; My friend who has had a surgery on Dec. 9 is due to be released from the hospital before the new year & we are trying very hard to get the doctors to sign a release!!!). I'd like to be out there among people though, enjoying the feel of being alive, the cool weather and the vibrant city of Hong Kong. Time slips by like quicksand and I do worry a little about that. The way out of that is to live it well. Yes?
Ok, enough of all that, it's been a month of reflective mood and for those who "know" me well through my writing here or elsewhere, a pattern or writing style is beginning to emerge. I do not plan on sticking to that, hehe... I think I sounded too serious and readers don't really enjoy that on a regular basis. There are however times and subject matters that warrant a contemplative mood so that's that. Now, this is the last review of 2009 and that of this decade. Life moves on! NEXT! ;-)
Here's to wishing everyone on Lunch an incredible New Year filled with lots of goodies, humors, happiness, fun filled days and a decade of successful endeavors! May the force be with you!!!
I didn't do much today, just recovered from last night's festivities (amazing I wasn't even buzzed last night) and I mostly stayed indoors, cooked (my friends know I cooked when I am depressed, but this time I just cooked) and did some reading (other than comics for a change). I see 2012's "New Year's Day" a time to reflect on the good stuff that happened to me in 2011, also to be more hopeful of 2012. I hope to do more self-reflection, and maintain friendships … more
New Year's Day is the first day of the new year. On the modern Gregorian calendar, it is celebrated on January 1, as it was also in ancient Rome (though other dates were also used in Rome). In all countries using the Gregorian calendar as their main calendar, except for Israel, it is a public holiday, often celebrated with fireworks at the stroke of midnight as the new year starts. January 1 on the Julian calendar corresponds to January 14 on the Gregorian calendar, and it is on that date that followers of some of the Eastern Orthodox churches celebrate the New Year.