it’s 2012

January 1, 2012 at 10:13 pm 6 comments

dick clark’s rockin’ eve 2012

happy new year! another year is over and another one has just begun. i went for a walk this morning to get the sunday paper. it didn’t seem to be like winter. it felt more like late spring. the sun was out and the trees were still as there was hardly a breeze. the neighborhood was unusually quiet, too. i guess the people were sleeping in after partying all night.

i spent new year’s eve at home alone watching dick clark’s new year’s rockin’ eve with ryan seacrest. it was his 40th year. a few years ago, he suffered a stroke that affected his speech. last night, he looked much older and sounded terrible, but he’s still the man. how many more years can he do it? nobody knows. it can be on a year-to-year basis from now on, but i’m sure his millions of fans will take it until the final curtain comes.

people handle the coming of the new year differently depending on their age group. if you’re like dick clark, it may arrive a little slowly as you don’t know whether you’ll still make it to the next one. you’re in that stage in life where the best years have already passed and that every day brings you closer to the grave. on the other hand, if you’re the younger version of dick clark, you may feel the year comes and goes very quickly. i guess that’s what happens when you’re so engaged with living and having so much fun that you don’t notice time passing. be mindful that i’m generalizing here. you may be one of the exceptions. some remain young at heart in their golden years while some grow old before their time.

no matter what age group we belong in, the start of the new year should give us time for self-reflection. the past year must be a mixed bag of good and bad. let’s cherish the happy moments and not dwell on the sad ones too much. in addition, let’s learn from our mistakes and challenges and consider them as opportunities for growth. as for the new year, it’s the time to move on. let’s treat it as a new beginning and welcome it with hope and joy in our hearts.

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. AC  |  January 3, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    Happy New Year! πŸ™‚

    • 2. plaridel  |  January 4, 2012 at 10:18 am


      happy new year to you, too! it’s the year of the dragon. hope it’ll be a great year for all of us. πŸ™‚

  • 3. sarah  |  January 7, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    happy new year sir! looking forward to reading more travel stories from you! πŸ™‚

    • 4. plaridel  |  January 8, 2012 at 3:14 pm


      happy new year to you, too! i think i’ll be back in eastern europe in the summer. i’m keeping my fingers crossed. πŸ™‚

  • 5. len  |  January 8, 2012 at 8:38 am

    kumusta na? may you always have wealth and good health for 2012.

    • 6. plaridel  |  January 8, 2012 at 3:42 pm


      i wish the same to you and your family.


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