Everyone should have something deep and philosophical to end a year.
It was a good year, because I got through it. When I was a young man and all the years started with 19, I looked forward, and decided I just MIGHT make it to see the year 2000. How wonderful, I thought.
I programmed myself to reach 2000.
Then 2000 came..and WENT. I had no program beyond that. I felt a little lost. What was my scenario for this subsequent years? I have spent them all living in an old folks home. Here I live my life, investing in tiny little projects like playing the harmonica, keeping a blog, smelling the roses. I eat and sleep and grouse about the limitations of old age
For 2008 I resolve to find SOMETHING exciting to do, a project that makes use of my wisdom and sense of humor, and love of music and art. (I love 'em, even though I am amateurish.) I will write a book or a play, or paint a masterpiece, or compose a sonata (or jingle of some kind),
I will sleep eight hours a day, seven at night and one in the afternoon. I will eat sensibly and lose weight (oh, yeah), exercise on a stationary bike, or maybe a real three wheeler. I will write, write, write.
And what I can't do myself, I will inspire and encourage others to do. My son-in-law needs to get those Christmas records on the market. Wandering Dave will be home from his trip and needs a kick in the butt to get started on his next career. Grand kids need encouragement. Everybody at the old folks home needs cheering up. The management of the old folks home needs to settle down to the business of assisted living.
Hillary will need guidance, as will our senators and congressman, but maybe I'm looking too far ahead...I have to get them all elected first.
There will be Valentines to deliver, Easter eggs to color, fireworks to ignite, and rainbows to be painted.
A busy time ahead.