It’s December 31, which means the end of another year is upon us. It’s traditional to reflect upon the year that is passing, and I’ve done that. But the older I’ve gotten, the more I realize that the themes tend to be the same — because that’s just the way life is.
We’ll remember 2015 as a year when we’ve lost some loved ones, but when new family members have been added through marriage. Friends and colleagues have had good news and bad news on the personal health front. We’ve seen some family members lose their jobs, while others have achieved graduate degrees and reached new heights in their professional careers. Some doors have opened, and other doors have closed.
When you think about it, years are like that. The days when you could reach New Year’s Eve and confidently conclude that the year just ending was the best year ever, but the next year will be even better, are gone. You know there’s no predicting with certainty that the curve will move you ever upward, and when you get to a certain age, the years kind of blend together, unless they feature a marriage, or a special graduation. Who remembers much about 1998? Or 1994? Or 2003? At some point, shortly after the ball drops in Times Square, they just fade into life’s tapestry.
So 2015 probably will be viewed, in retrospect, as a year like many others. The main point is that we’ve made it to the end. At a certain point, that becomes a kind of accomplishment in itself, but the focus has to always be on what is to come.
Bring on 2016!