Monday, 31 December 2012

To new beginnings

Another new year is upon us with less than two earth hours remaining as I sit with a coffee waiting to see in 2013 (twenty-thirteen), a year some had believed would not come to be if the Mayan prophecy had anything to do with it.

Fortunately the mass hysteria surrounding the Mayan prophecy was a result of misunderstanding/ interpretation and here we are, approximately 7billion people, waiting for the dawning of a new year, according to our man made time devices. Some will be no doubt be drinking alcoholic beverages and singing merry songs, others will be laying wondering where their next meal will come from, all will be hoping that 2013 will bring with it better fortunes than the one that goes before it.

A strange custom of new year resolutions, which according to History.com dates back 4000 years to the Babylonian times, whereby they made promises to earn favour from their gods and start off their year on a good foot, continues today with people making resolutions to lose weight, quit smoking...the list is non exhaustive, as you may well know having made them yourselves. 

More often than not today, they are of a self serving nature and are seldom kept. 

This of course is a wide generalisation and I am sure there are many out there who would disagree and tell of a long list of resolutions they have made and kept. What always irked me growing up however was why someone would wait until the new year, to make a change to something in their life that matters? I was once told that time is like a wolf, it is hungry, preys on the unsuspecting and does not stop. 

Life is a series of moments called now and in waiting all we do is to do ourselves a disservice. There is a saying that says there is no time like the present.

So it is with new years, millions of people across the planet will be plotting their to do lists for 2013 that the majority of which could have started at any time in 2012 if they chose to. To wait for the turning of a new year for some is but an excuse, for others a symbol of regeneration. What does the new year mean for you?