Hello 2019: What's the perfect way to greet a New Year?
It is symbolic of the inevitability of endings and the sanguineness of beginnings.
From the numerous New Year's greetings that you might have received on WhatsApp and via e-mail yesterday (and may still be receiving), which one do you like the most? My former boss sent me a picture of a traditional Hammond typewriter with the words 'Wish you a Happy New Year' added to the picture. It was a cryptic greeting. Just like him, we joked in the newsroom. It's a "back to the future" analogy, said a senior colleague. "First-rate," said another. How do you rate greetings, though? Do you like them for their creativity? Perhaps for their production value? Maybe a meme tickles your funny bone. But do you remember any from last year? Exactly. Wishing your colleagues, friends and family on New Year (or any other occasion, for that matter) is only a means to an end - of letting them know that you remember them during this happy occasion and that you wish them well.
But a new year is more than just a calendrical trope. It is symbolic of the inevitability of endings and the sanguineness of beginnings. It doesn't just indicate the turn of a day or a month, it betokens opportunity. It heralds hope. It extends a chance to start afresh if you have to or to continue on the good path you're already on. You know that the new year won't be easy in many respects, but who wants to go for 'easy' at all? That is one of the reasons why this is my favourite time of the year. There's optimism in the festive air. The mood is one of anticipation and there seems to be a buoyancy in people's steps. Never mind how people wished you a happy new year, the best way to greet the new year itself is to embrace it with open arms, like an old friend. Hope you have a good one.