And so the Earth completes another orbit of the Sun.
But seeing as an orbit is essentially a circle [or, for the pedantic – an ellipse] it has no start or finish line, so you can pick any arbitrary point on the circuit just to mark the completion of that orbit. Unless of course there are cosmic start and finish posts Up There, but surely we would have seen them? Therefore the significance of this particular point on the calendar escapes me. Well, apart from having to buy a new calendar, that is.
To those of us who are no longer gainfully[?] employed the start of a new year is of little significance. We don’t have to worry about annual company budgets, annual performance reviews or even indeed that sickening return to work tomorrow with a massive hangover and having to run the gauntlet of hearing about everyone else’s shenanigans over the holiday period. So for me at least, the new year is of zero significance. My celebrations therefore are more about what hasn’t happened rather than what has, if you get my drift…..
There are some things that will change for me such as some of the budgetary changes which came into effect at midnight where they shave a minuscule amount off my tax rate which will probably amount to an extra couple of pennies in my pocket at the end of the month, but that’s it. I am not exactly going to go wild on that?
I gave up on the old resolution lark about fifty years ago. After all, it’s difficult to improve on perfection? And if I did want to make some resolution, why not start it at the time, or the 10th of March, or my birthday, or even the 22nd of January? Why does it have to be the start of an arbitrary year which is, when all is said and done, just a number?
However, much as I tend to ignore all this new year stuff, it is sort of traditional to give a greeting around this period.
I wish all my readers a Happy and Prosperous Fresh Orbit of the Sun.