A new year is dawning upon us. The holiday week between Christmas and New Years’ Eve is the time for a reflection on what has happened in the past, applaud your self on your triumphs, reflect on your decisions and analyze the mistakes that you made in the last year. A new year is a new life, as in the door step of yet another life, a point where you can look back on your past life as well as look forward for a better brighter one. Our ancestors understood this perfectly and hence the first month of the year is January. It is named after Janus, a roman goddess with two heads, always depicted to be standing at the doorstep with one head pointing outward and the other inward. This is a perfect depiction of the above mentioned philosophical approach to New Year.
January was not always the New Year for the Romans. Julius Caesar honored himself by making July the first month of the year and the same logic was followed by Augustus but it became August then. Finally when these rulers fell to Time, January emerged back like a Phoenix from ashes…
New Years Eve is not only the time for reflections but also a time for resolutions. To take a small but a firm step forward and deciding that ‘this has to be done this year’, that thing you do before the turn of 2006.
For me 2005 has been real special. I graduated with great honors. Had a wonderful time during practice school building robots, got a job that I would only have dreamed about and all things are looking bright and clear. Looks like my ship is ready for sailing after all. My New Year resolution is ………….. I think I’ll keep it to myself. May all your resolutions come true :)