New Year?


Is it really a New Year, or is it an old one they’ve dressed up, re-packaged like they do with products. Now with added vitamins, new secret curl factor for extra curly hair, you know the sort of thing. When really it’s the same old ‘same old’ in a different colour pack and a pinch of secret ingredient added. Only I’ve got to say that so far the year doesn’t seem too new. True a lot of us have now got extra debt, and added weight, but everything else seems the same.

We’re all still in a mess. Except those who got us here. By and large they’re all right. Situation normal. The thing is that if they were going to dress up an old year as a new one, why didn’t they choose a better one than 2012?

I mean what about one of the boom years. Full employment. A retail bonanza. Low interest rates for house buyers, high ones for savers. An early spring, a hot summer. The year I got divorced. Or the year my mother-in-law fell down the stairs and bit her tongue and couldn’t talk for a month. A year when we all had something to celebrate.

I’m thinking of offering ‘alternative’ New Years, but product development is proving a bit difficult. I think it’s going to have to be a kit where people construct their own new year based on a favourite one (or several) from the past. I’m not sure how it will work, but I think it’s got potential. In the meantime at least you know what to expect in 2013 – what you had in 2012!