… Hello 2017

Originally I had planned to write something about the New Year on January 1st. But then I thought, maybe that is not really fair. Maybe I should give the New Year a couple of days to make itself at home before I start questioning it. I mean, is there anyone out there who feels great on January 1st? Come on, be honest! I bet almost everyone feels either hangover or tired or both. I normally feel very, very tired. Staying up late just it not good for me. But of course I stay up until midnight for the count down and the fireworks, and then, when I would like to go to sleep, I can’t, because this is the Netherlands and everyone keeps on shooting fireworks until at least 2 o’clock. So I never get to sleep until around half past two. And then, thanks to my little ones, the night is over in a wink. And I get up, look atย the reflection of myself in the mirror and say “oh yes, you definitely look one year older than yesterday, my dear”. So the whole day I am feeling like I have clouds of tiredness in my head. It usually gets better in the evening, and when it is bed time, I am almost awake again. Then I of course stay up a bit longer to enjoy the lovely feeling of not being tired. Which leads to more tired cloudiness in the morning…

To cut a long rant short, the first days of the New Year are generally not my best. It feels a bit like a jet-lag – maybe that’s what it is: I am jet-lagged from the Old Year and need to get accustomed to the new one. Something like that.

But now the New Year has had a whole week to gently pull me into its own timezone, and I am getting the feeling I have finally arrived in 2017.

So, let’s have a look.

The newspapers thankfully have also recovered fromย looking back into 2016 and start to center their attention on present times again. Or rather, on the future – elections and other milestones of the coming months. But they do look at the present state of our society too, trying to analyse it from new angles. Maybe that is the best thing about starting a new year: everyone feels they can put aside old habits and ideas and start with a fresh sheet of paper. And although it is quite common to sneer at all the resolutions and plans, and make jokes about how everything will be back to normal again in a few weeks time – I still think we all have the chance to change things this year. Maybe not be completely different, being an “all new person”, but doing a few steps in new directions, hopping out of the comfort zone for a bit. Have a fresh look at old things. Maybe being a bit more open to other people, listen not only to what they say, but also to what they mean.

Maybe, if we all try to get rid of those clouds in our heads – clouds of tiredness, clouds of prejudice, of resentment and the denseย fog of distrust, maybe we can keep the feeling of a fresh start for a little longer. And then, at the end of this year, maybe the newspapers won’t be all centred on the bad things – on the other hand, they probably will be anyway, because newspapers live on bad news, but maybe more people will say: “Hey, they got it all wrong, 2017 was a great year, actually.”

I choose to try.

What about you?




13 thoughts on “… Hello 2017

  1. I’m going to join you on this effort. The New Year actually started (Week #1) with disappointment after disappointment. I began to get annoyed with, “So how is your New Year?” However, I will take the challenge of trying to look for the positive and even though negative stuff will happen in 2017 (and yes the newspapers will eat it all up!), I want to focus on the positive elements. I actually kind of started this in October 2016. I taped a piece of paper to my bedroom wall (very fancy, I know) and when I notice a unique blessing, I record the date and the blessing. My goal is to see this list over the year and remember the blessings that happened when days are feeling cloudy.

  2. There are many reasons I consider you a friend, enjoy our (I need to get busy and answer your last one) emails, and always look forward to your comments. One of those many reasons is your optimism! Two thumbs up to you for choosing to start the new year out with hope and a smile, albeit a tired smile. ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy New Year, my friend!

    • Not staying up would mean being in bed without being able to sleep – because of the fireworks. It sounds more like a battle than a celebration sometimes … So I can as well stay up ๐Ÿ˜‰
      And although it is it cold and grey here in the Netherlands these days, at least it has started to be light in the evening a little longer. So … small steps in the right direction! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I know what you mean – newspapers can be pretty depressing. I still read them (or the news online), but I almost completely stopped watching the news on TV/internet: that way at least I am spared listening to some of the voices ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • when I got to the point of wanting to throw something at the tv when a particular politician or people from particular political parties started speaking was the day I thought enough was enough. I somehow keep up with the necessary current affairs….

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