A Night For Contemplation. . . And Fireworks

Well, we seem to have made it through another one.

Despite warnings of an immanent apocalypse, much more serious than the last such apocraphlypse and we really do mean it now so you’d better watch out, we’re still around here at the end of another year.

So long 2012, let’s all welcome in 2013.

I still, whenever I write those words, get a little tingle. I still remember growing up and thinking about life in the year 2000, and feeling like that was going to never happen. And, if it did, it would be vastly different from what we had back then.

Of course, with the exception of computers and smartphones and the ilk, not much has changed. We still don’t have flying cars or jet packs, but, even without them, the future is a pretty neat place in which to live.

I’ve never been one to try and come up with serious year-end resolutions and I’m not going to break that streak here.

Self improvement should come all during the year and not have to wait for the end of December before you get serious about trying to make yourself a better you.

Still. . .

Still. . .

Maybe the end of another year is a good time to take a look around. If we can use the rolling over of the Gregorian calendar year as a prod, sort of like how we use the beginning and end of daylight savings time to change batteries in smoke detectors, and take a look around to see if there’s anything we can do to make the world a better place.

Not that I’m suggesting you take the woes of the world onto your shoulders, not that I’m suggesting that it’s up to you to take care of our national obsession with owning and using guns, not that I’m suggesting that it’s up to you to find a way to curb the number of people drinking to excess and then trying to drive, not that I’m suggesting that it’s up to you to put an end to our government’s ruinous war on drugs. Or whatever else you see when you look around at the world.

But, maybe. . . Just maybe. . .

If we take it one person at a time, making the world around them a better place, we might actually start to accomplish something worthwhile.

It’s worth thinking about as we close the old calendar and prepare to open the new.

See you next year, dudes.

Let’s make it a better year than this one.

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