Sometimes you just can’t help eavesdropping in the checkout line at the supermarket. Yesterday I overheard a woman saying she was ready for 2012 and wanted to press Delete on 2011.
It’s a sentiment I’ve heard before… Wouldn’t it be nice to just erase a difficult time from existence? But I’m not sure I buy into the idea. Looking back on some of the rough patches in my life, I usually see some sort of silver lining (even if it takes years to see it). What do you think as you look back on 2011? Do you want to hit Delete, or did the year bring some happy milestones?
This year I have the honor of writing MSW’s last blog of 2011, so I thought it might be an appropriate time to reflect. It’s been a tumultuous year, in many respects. Who will forget the terrifying images of the tsunami that killed more than 15,000 people in Japan? Or images of protesters gathering in countries across the Middle East? Or crowds cheering the news of Osama bin Laden’s death? Or the throng of wannabe spectators lining up to witness the Casey Anthony trial? For me, the most heartwarming sight on the news was footage of so many soldiers coming home from war and being welcomed by eager spouses and children.
This year brought some interesting developments in popular culture as well. We have Charlie Sheen to thank for adding the phrase, “Duh…winning!” to the American lexicon. And then there was the royal wedding in Britain, watched by millions around the globe. Notable passings this year include Steve Jobs, Christopher Hitchens, and Elizabeth Taylor–just to name a few.
On a more personal note, we’ve had some ups and downs this year. Wildfires devasted so many homes here in central Texas. And I know far too many people who spent the year dealing with cancer and disease.
But there have been happy milestones, too, and experiences I wouldn’t trade for anything… welcoming a new baby into the family, visiting relatives from overseas, a family vacation in Yellowstone Park that I know I’ll never forget.
What about you? Any personal milestones this year? Does 2011 go down as a year where you’d like to hit Rewind or Delete?
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Happy New Year!