Autopsy report conducted December 31, 11:50 pm EST.
Subject: Anno Domini Two-Thousand and Fifteen.
Cause of death: it’s compicated.
Other notes: It would appear from preliminary examination of the body that the subject died of natural causes. However, death may have been hastened by a number of causes, including but not limited to severe depression, distraction from electronic devices, and meme overdose.
What am I saying? You can never get enough memes!
Look at it long enough. You’ll see it.
Every time the end of the year rolls around, the first thing I think to write about is the fact that New Years celebrations are really kind of arbitrary. Important things never happen on New Years or birthdays, only on dates of entire randomness and seeming insignificance.
On the other hand, one of the things I’ve realized more this year is that even if celebrations like those are arbitrary, that doesn’t mean they’re not important. Even if one has to deal with annoying people singing annoying songs on stages with flashing lights and such.
The eve of a new year stands as a sort of moment of collective mindfulness. Mindfulness of the fact that time passes more quickly than we often think. It’s a moment when for once we slow down, take stock of where we stand and who we are. Am I on the path I truly believe I’m meant to be on? The path that God wants me to be on?
Of course, New Year’s Eve and our own birthday, fine and dandy as they are, i’m gonna keep typing the same thing over and over and see if mom notices. I’m gonna keep typing the same thing over and over and see if mom notices. I’m gonna keep typing the same thing over and over and see if mom notices. I’m gonna keep typing the same thing
There is no denying now that you can read what I’m typing mom, because you started laughing, so don’t tell me it looks like a blur because you’re not wearing your reading glasses.
This is our family.
Of course, every day of the year should be dedicated to this kind of mindfulness. New Year’s Eve and our own birthday are fine and dandy, of course. I, at least, sometimes have a tendency to shove mindfulness to the back burner of my head so I can focus on more important things.
But really, can we focus on important things if we’re not mindful of what “important” means?
Maybe you’re in a place where you’ve got the hang of mindfulness a lot more than I do. And if so, that’s absolutely wonderful. I’m just thinking out loud here. :)
To be honest, I have no idea what 2016 will be like. We’ll get a new president, which should be interesting. And we’ll have an extra day of February, which should be fun. Beyond that, only time and people who know more about the world than I do can tell.
It’s been the best of times. It’s been the worst of times. I feel like I’ve seen the flag flown at half-mast many times too often this year. It’s a terrible world out there. And yet there is such beauty in it. One has to wonder how the two things can exist simultaneously; beauty and evil, goodness and pain.
I suppose we can only trust in God to reconcile the two in the end. And ask Him for the strength and wisdom to further His kingdom in this world as we advance towards the next.
So here’s to another year of advancing.
And here’s to those moments when you’re bored, your iPod is out of batteries, and it’s late, but you stop and take the time to be thankful for being alive, for the fact that you’ve just come from church, that you’ve gotten to stroll briefly around downtown Manassas, VA, and that you’re listening to U2 with your dad. (It’s been a long evening, but a good one.) Moments of unusual, healthy, necessary silence in an otherwise cacophonous world.
That’s all I got. To all of you my dear followers, I love you.
But it wouldn’t be a new year if I didn’t quote this song…
So everybody put your best suit or dress on
Let’s make believe that we are wealthy for just this once
Lighting firecrackers off on the front lawn
As thirty dialogues bleed into one
I wish the world was flat like the old days
And I could travel just by folding the map
No more airplanes or speed trains or freeways
There’d be no distance that could hold us back
– “The New Year”, Death Cab for Cutie
To anyone and everyone reading this, I wish you a merry Christmastide, and a blessed new year. Peace to you.