New Year’s Eve. This is a profoundly arbitrary designation—the end of the year, end of the decade—really, there is nothing about December 31st that’s any different than any other day. But for historical reasons, this is the secular new year. Looking back on the last 12 or 13 months I can say that I’m happy we’re marking a new year and hoping the next year is better.
Even though the New Year holiday takes place at an arbitrary time, as human beings, we look to it as a chance to improve, to change, to have hope.
My wish for the new year is better health for my family and friends.