The neighbourhood diner was packed after Mass on January 1st. Some patrons came to celebrate the New Year, while others were seeking a greasy antidote to their rough morning.
As my friends and I waited for our brunch, I asked them whether they were looking forward to 2012. They all shrugged. One dismissed January 1st as just another day — forgetting, it seems, his revelry as the clock struck midnight. For many others, though, welcoming a new year feels hugely significant.
A poll on CNN.com asked readers how they felt about 2011. Only 15% said they will miss it, while 85% voted “good riddance”.
It would be interesting to know why the results were so negative. Are we simply eager to live in the present and embrace the “new”? Or do most of us feel 2011 was truly a dreadful year? Indeed, Time magazine’s list of top 10 world news stories is dominated by death: famine in the horn of Africa, disaster in Japan, unrest in the Middle East, and the list goes on. For these reasons, and our own personal ones, we’ve been anxious to turn the page.