Innocence. Freshness. The New Year’s Baby has a lot to learn quickly. At this point, it’s only been 2010 for ten hours. If the New Year’s baby were real, he’d be approximately the age of 8.5 by the end of the month.
The new year is a time to celebrate, because we have a chance to begin anew. Who are you? Who do you want to be this year? What do you want to give to others? What do you plan to give to yourself?
As each New Year’s baby grows we grow. Not as quickly perhaps, but life is a constant learning experience. Things are always changing. We go through dichotomies of life – famine and feast, in areas such as finances, love, relationships, career, and all the other things that matter to us.
We are constantly being challenged to change and to grow. The older we get the less we’re interested in taking up these challenges, because every once in a while they are a choice. Contrary to popular belief, the young do look to the old for answers, even in our society. The young study the other members of their family, and decide to carve their own path – maybe something like grandpa’s, or maybe something like auntie’s, but all their own.
Of course the things they struggle with are the same things we’ve struggled with. The need for acceptance, for accepting yourself who you are. Drugs, sex, drinking. Music, and the need to define yourself by what you listen to. What path to take, whether college, tradeschool, or nothing at all. None of that is new – it’s the same story played again and again. It’s the players that are new as each generation makes decisions slightly differently than the ones before them.
In this New Year, I am not sure what I want to do. I will think about what has been done before, and what the future can bring if I change my thinking and reactions. I want to be more supportive of my loved ones, and help them to at least start on the path for their dreams to be realized. I want to become more of a hermit, and less of one. Maybe I can figure out a way to help a few people in big ways, although I can’t imagine what that will be without it being financial.
The New Year’s baby, if it existed, has now been alive for 10 hours and 14 minutes. What choices would he make in this coming year? What choices will you make differently or the same? This year is a chance for a new beginning. Time to let go of the old, and give birth to the you inside that you’ve always wanted to be. I can’t wait to see that.