I could write a post about how horrible 2012 has been to me and my immediate family. Oh the stuff I could tell you about how our lives have been riding on a Friday-the-13th-like-existence since February straight through to the now impending fiscal cliff. Yeah, it’s been that bad. From a loss of one kind to another loss of a different kind to yet another loss and all the mental anguish to go with it, our family has been through it.
And even as I write this, not knowing what the future holds, I’m trying to look on the bright side. I know it seems impossible but the next year has to be better than this one, doesn’t it? There is no way we could survive another year-long downward spiral. There has to be an upside to all of this.
And yet, every day I’ll read a story of someone else’s turmoil and tragedy and wonder “How I can whine and cry about my own family’s-setbacks”?
The senseless murder of Travon Martin. The abduction and murder of 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway as she walked to school. Super Storm Sandy’s horrific devastation, causing some to lose their lives and leaving thousands homeless. The taking of so many innocent lives in Aurora, Colorado and Newtown, Connecticut. The ridiculous shooting ambush of upstate New York firefighters as they were called to duty. The inexcusable sexual assault and beating death of a young Indian woman. The incomprehensible killing of 10-year-old Jade Morris by a family acquaintance who used a shopping tripping as a guise to lure her to her death.
I can’t imagine what any of the families involved in these tragedies feel and my problems seem small and insignificant compared to them.
So on this New Year’s Eve, instead of dwelling on my family’s tale of woe, I will be giving 2012 a swift kick in the arse and bidding it a most eager farewell. I’ll probably even have a little champagne toast and do a happy-dance as 2013 rolls in! Because at the end of the day, my family and I still have each other and who better to carry you from the dark into the light? And as long as our problems our solvable, there is a light.
Happy New Year!!