new years eve

I have never been a fan of New Year’s Eve.  The celebration of leaving one year and moving into the next.  Yet there has to be a point where one year separates from the other.  Years reflect a time of each of our lives.  A good year, a bad year, the college years, the teenage years, our 20’s, our 30’s, our 40’s and so on.

 The last ten years has been the start-up years.  Technology has changed everything.  Every vertical has been touched.  We seem to be running at a faster pace than before with access to constant information.  Our world has become flat as that information comes in from around the globe 24/7.
The political shift around the globe, particularly here in the US, makes me wonder about the state of democracy.  It also makes me wonder about the future of the next ten years.  The next ten years won’t look like the last ten.  2017 is the beginning of that shift.  I just feel it.
I am not necessarily excited about this shift but cautious, curious and a bit fearful.  I am truly an eternal optimist and that has worked well for me over the years.  There is always plenty to be optimistic about but this year but for the first time ever I feel as if I am walking on egg shells due to the political upheaval here at home.
Goodbye to 2016.  A tumultuous year that moved too quickly from the pace of technology that I feel we will look back at this year as a fork in the road that sent us down another path.  That is how life works.  Change, movement and shifts.  As I said, cautiously optimistic.

Comments (Archived):

  1. pointsnfigures… I think Democracy worked-and there is no fear of it going away. I do empathize with people’s fear about corporate titans becoming bureaucrats-but it’s not unlike the fear those have when bureaucrats that have done nothing but be a bureaucrat or elected official get appointed to the same role.

    1. Donna Brewington White

      Interesting article — both the one you referenced and the one on post-truth that was referenced within.My faith in democracy within our nation has actually been strengthened. Not so much faith in its results, but in its power.Much of the fear I am witnessing about this upcoming presidency is based on something other than a corporate titan becoming a bureaucrat. But I admit, I have waited for a very long time to see how a scenario along these lines would play out. I expected the fulfillment to be packaged differently…much differently. But you don’t always get everything you want.

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  3. Donna Brewington White

    I’ve never been much of a fan of New Year’s Eve either. But welcome the invitation it offers for reflection.