Old years, new years

Most things become old only gradually, while most people don’t even notice. Texts get old slowly, scientific paradigms change progressively, even if they are finally completely superseded by new ones. Technology gets old only as new developments take over, which also happens slowly and gradually.

Years, however, change suddenly, as the calendar leaps into each New Year. Hence the rush to make new resolutions, to grab time by the collar and jump into the driving seat, as if the new year represents all that can be new in one’s life. The sentiment gets a booster when not only one digit rolls down, but a new decade lands in.

Happy New Year, Happy New Decade, Happy 2020. It doesn’t look like it’s going to be a decade of 20-20 vision, but new years are also about new hopes, new expectations, and a renewed sense of empowerment, when everything becomes possible.

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