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December 23, 2009

Happy New Year - And A New Decade

You might remember how this decade began - it was the Y2K scare. There were all kinds of rumors about computers around the world crashing which would take down the economy, shut off electricity and strand us all. There were frantic people stocking up on food, water and a few other essentials. As I mentioned, that was how this decade began.

Of course, it only got more...

...surreal, bizarre and sometimes silly, sometimes frightening.

For a brief review, take a look at the article from TIME magazine here http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1942834,00.html.

For a more humorous - and perhaps insightful retrospective, take a look at the cartoons of the decade from The Atlantic magazine here http://www.theatlantic.com/slideshows/decadecartoons/.

There are always crazy things that go on across our planet; changes in travel, constantly shifting technologies and, more directly, in our personal lives.

But, beyond Balloon boy, iPods and X boxes, all that really matters to most of us is how our lives work out. Our jobs, our relationships and our health generally sums up the best - and worst of how our lives work.

Many people make resolutions for each new year - you know the usual suspects; lose weight, exercise more, get a new job, look, home or lover.

My wife and I have a tradition of, instead of resolutions, we have goals. We think "Where do I want to be at this time next year?"

We usually think about personal goals (like exercising more or losing weight), financial goals (like getting a new job or getting out of debt) or they could be more practical (like moving to a new place or making some other kind of change).

The end of 2009 is, of course the end of a decade and leads us to the beginning of a new one.

I encourage you to reflect on the events of the first decade of the new millennium, and do, perhaps, the only thing we can do - be thankful for what you have and be prepared to roll with whatever craziness comes upon us all in the coming years.

Think big, appreciate your friends and family and don't forget the little things that make life worth living. The best things in life don't need to cost much - a walk with a friend - and your shared memories - are beyond value.

Whatever you do - and whoever you find yourself with- have a great holiday and send me your thoughts for 2010 and the years to come.

You have probably already seen many commentaries on the first decade of the new millennium, who knows what the second decade will bring?

We are all always learning. And we, as well as the world around us, are always changing.

It is always more fun to learn together, so let me know what it is about English that you find confounding, infuriating or endlessly intriguing.

Listen, read and speak. Make your new language your own.

My best to you as you make your way through this intriguing , constantly shifting linguistic landscape.


About the author of this entry:

Morf has a B.A.from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and an MAT (Master's in Teaching English) from the University of Washington (Seattle). Morf prefers international and independent films, foreign foods he can't pronounce, music no one else has heard of and riding his bicycle in foreign cities.

Posted by mmorf at December 23, 2009 09:53 PM

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