The first fortnight of 2017 is over and already the novelty of the New Year is wearing off. The euphoria that accompanied the ending of 2016, and the beginning of 2017, has also faded. Life, as they say, is back to the grind.
Whether you make resolutions or not, it is difficult not to feel optimistic in the first few days of the New Year. The first day of the New Year feels like the turning of a new leaf. The New Year brings along with it a unique magic in the form of the belief that things will get better, doesn’t it?
Ever since I was a child, I have been following the Olympic Games. I think I owe this to my father who was an avid sportsman, among other things. Though we would watch most sports events that would be telecast on the limited channels we had back in those days, the Olympic Games were special. There was something magical about the games, and it may sound funny now, but, being young, back then I would imagine myself being a part of the next Olympic Games as a participant. That water has definitely flown under the bridge now.
But, even today, I look forwarding to watching the Olympic Games with the eagerness and enthusiasm of a child. Let me tell you why.
… and just like that 2015 is done and dusted.
There were so many things I had expected would happen in 2015, but like most years more things were left undone than were acually done. It is a good thing, I guess. It keeps you looking towards the future with hope, and hope, they tell me, is the most powerful thing of them all.
2014 is here, and, let’s face it, it will be gone just as quickly as 2013 did. You may find it weird to be talking about the end of an year that has hardly begun, but if you have lived long enough you would have realised that dates and months and years are mere numbers, and like all numbers, they deceive us.
That said, I must also say that I like New Year’s day a lot. It is a day that promises a new beginning. No matter how bad things were in the year that went by, the New Year’s day comes bearing the promise of a fresh start. It is true that, if we want, any day can be the beginning of something new and beautiful. If that happens, it is a great thing, but if it doesn’t then there is no time better than the New Year’s day to start something new of our own.
Every year seems to be going faster than the last, and 2012 was no exception. It went by in the blink of an eye, and 2013 is here. I hope it will be kind to us and won’t pass us by as fast as 2012 did.
I would like to wish all of you a happy and a prosperous 2013. More than anything else, I hope and wish that everyone has a satisfying year ahead. 365 days from now, when you look back at 2013, I hope you do it with a huge smile on your face.
Looking back at 2012