Sunday, December 31, 2006
Four To Go

Well, there's that, then -- we're that much closer to the end of this wretched decade.

I'm getting to the point where I'm wary of being overly-optimistic on New Year's Eve. How many years in a row now have I said, "well, that year sucked, but I'm sure this year will be better?" Without bothering to go back and check, I'd bet even money that it's once for every New Year's Eve post I've done. And to be fair, this last year wasn't too bad. It wasn't especially good, either, but nothing really bad happened. Honestly, it felt a lot like marking time -- a few good things happened, a few difficult things happened, a few interesting things happened, and I got a bit done but not as much as I'd wanted. Pretty much a wash, really.

New Year's is always an introspective event for me. My habit the last however-many years has been to try to spend the last part of the 31st reviewing the receding year, and then to spend the first part of the 1st imagining what I want to do in the coming year. I don't make resolutions, but I spell out a few hopes quietly to myself. Some years I find that I've managed to do everything I wanted to do; some years I haven't accomplished any of it. What I know is that this year, while I'll probably still do my personal review, I think I'm going to leave the future-projection out of it, and try instead to simply make myself open to whatever's coming.

That said, I'm feeling optimistic; there are a few things that I'm looking forward to seeing come to fruition. Here's hoping it pays off for all of us this year.

PS: Do you believe in omens?

PPS: What he said.

And finally: If you need some help reviewing, I recommend this brief review from my favorite-ever magazine.
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