I just don’t understand the fanfares of everyone – well, nearly everyone – welcoming the new year: The noise, the crazy things they do … What for? Did those people realize what those parties and waste mean?
New year is just another name, another number added, to otherwise another day in our lives. Change that name or number, and what you get is just another day – the same day that begins with the sunrise and ends with the sunset and then night. What I am saying here is that days, months, and years are only names – or markers if you will – we give to time, an essence that is otherwise hard to understand were it not for the phenomena of change it presents. So names and numbers don’t really matter when it comes to time. What matters is CHANGE!
And CHANGE, of course, can take place everyday. It has nothing to do with the name of the day (or month or year for that matter). Change is what time does and what we do with it. Therefore, celebrating the coming of a new name or number, as we do with the new year, has no significance whatsoever unless that celebration is intended to mark another milestone in our lives – what we have achieved in the past 365 days and intend to do and accomplish in the next 365 days.
Please also note that a milestone doesn’t have to be measured in a 365 day period. It may be shorter or longer, depending on what your goals and pace are in achieving them. So why bother celebrating in a grand manner every 365 days? You can celebrate any achievements at anytime, set a goal and embark on a journey to achieve it whenever you want and ready to do it. In the end it is time and CHANGE that matter most, NOT the name you give to the period.
So, I’m not going to say HAPPY NEW YEAR because in saying that, I will only justify the importance of name and naming, number and counting. I’d say instead, BON VOYAGE in a new journey to another milestone of change. Let’s hope it’s for the better.