Sunday, 1 January 2012

It Ain't the End of the World!

It's New Year's Day, which pretty much marks the start of 2012 for our good old calendar. The year that was made so much fuss, not only in our country, but also in the world. I can only re-imagine how much has happened in the course of 2011 - earthquakes, fires, deaths, and so much more.

This brought me back to 2010's end, when people would post statuses on Facebook saying "please be good to me, 2011. much love. HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!". I would also see status posts saying "2011 was full of shit, i hope 2012 would be better." And look what the year brought us...

I think New Year is not about having all the good things in life. We should learn that in starting anew, we first deal with struggles, face adversities, and experience defeats. It is in these contexts that we become stronger persons every year, and we become more and more contented with what we have, no matter how small or how big it is. It's also not about the New Year being good to you. It's a year - a series of months where you get to live one day at a time. It does not owe any goodness to you - YOU should be good to it all throughout, for you to feel that 2012 has been so light or so exciting for you. Getting a job, winning something, having a girlfriend or a boyfriend - they're all part of the year, but it is not the year's doing, it is yours'.

We are our own year.

I guess what I'm saying is that the New Year should be faced by a realistic mind, not by an idealistic one. I'm not destroying dreams here, but I'm trying to put things in perspective for everyone. Let's all accept that 2012 will still be a year of imperfections - there will still be some glitches here and there, but hey, there's nothing to it to a person who's equipped with everything right?

The Mayan calendar might have told us that this will be our last year on earth, that this will be the end of everything, but we say that we have a greater God who can even make them doubt their calendar. Heck, Mayan even has the word "may" on it. It has doubt written all over its name.

Two-Zero-One-Two. You can't really tell what it holds for all of us. But one thing is for sure - with a positive, enthusiastic mind, we will be able to get over all obstacles this year has prepared for us. With God on our side, and with perseverance and hope, I'm sure we'll end all speculations and live through every day of 2012 as if it was a party! :)