It has also been odd for another reason. I found out a work colleague died suddenly and unecpectedly last week at the age of fifty-two years. It certainly came as a shock and made a few of us stop and consider life. We placed that sudden death within the context of the crazy merry-go-round of work and everyday life. Morale at work is low and the general consensus was that much of the nonsense we deal with is inconsequential. Targets, plans, charts, ticky boxes, etc... is nonsense when we think of someone whose family and friends have to come to terms with their loss. Sadly, a blunt reminder that life is precious and should not be taken for granted.
We will have a quiet night in tonight, a few beers and some music or a good radio show. I gave up on the celebrations a few years back because I believe there is nothing really special about the change between years. There are other opportunities throughout the year to celebrate and I believe you make your own life rather than the 'magickal' qualities of a year change. Selfishly, I really cannot be bothered to drive 160 miles to spend the new year with family but after driving 400 miles over the past three days at work I am sick and tired of driving. We also plan to have Christmas dinner tomorrow to make up for me working over Christmas including the Christmas pud saved for the occasion! So I can only say...
I wish all my readers a healthy, prosperous and happy 2011.