We have the champagne cold in the fridge and I’m now writing the last page of the book that has 2012 as title. Before closing it and starting a blanc page for 2013, let’s take a quick look in the past 365 pages, shall we? Because the story has been an interesting one, with happiness and sadness.
First, 2012 was not a year like any other year. It was a leap year and with that the 4th of this century. Of course there have been many things happening this year. Too many to mention. But there are always some things that jump to mind when you think back. The Arab Spring for example, which marked the month of February simultaneously with the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. There has been serious discussions about the crisis which hit the European continent in all its force, throwing countries such as Greece into a seemingly bottomless pit of financial debt. The 2012 World Expo took place in Yeosu, South Korea starting in May. Three weeks later we witnessed the planet Venus passing between Earth and the sun for the second and last time in the 21st century and Tokyo opened the Tokyo Skytree, with 634 meters height the tallest self supporting tower in the world. While London and most of the world enjoyed the beginning of the Olympics in July, India experienced the worst power outage in world history, leaving 620 million people without electricity.
In August we set ‘foot’ on Mars and we discovered the beginning of lifeforms, whatever that means for the future. September started with a wave of terrorist attacks as a reaction on the Innocence of Muslims film that appeared on YouTube. October started wonderfully with Felix Baumgartner who made a space dive and became the first person to break the sound barrier without machine assistance. But how sad did the month end when Hurricane Sandy hit the Easy Coast of the United States, only to be overpassed in drama by the typhoon Bopha which killed about 1,000 people in the Philippines. We have seen violence and beauty, political victories and athletic triumphs, welcomed new born babies – including the worlds first genetically modified babies - and lost many others, both personal and celebrities. And only 10 days ago we apparently all collectively crawled through the eye of the needle we call December 21, and came out on the other side to realize the world was still there. And how beautiful she really is.
So this is it then. We have come to another end and another beginning. All that is left for us is to wish you a sparkling, warm and heartfelt new year for you and your loved ones. A year full of happiness and enjoyment, good health and prosperity, love and peace. And courage too as 2013 will doubtless bring its darker periods as well. We truly hope you will find yourself today and for the new year surrounded by people who love you and who you love back. Because at the end of the day, that is what matters most.
Happy 2013 -BM-
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