December 29, 2008

Dear 2009

A lot of us are looking forward to your arrival. There are some who are worried that you may be coming with bad news. As you may know, we’ve made rather a mess of 2008. It is our hope that you two are not related in any way.

Being a year carries a lot of responsibility. You are the future after all!

According to the Chinese zodiac, you are an Ox. This means you are patient and inspire confidence. But you are stubborn and hate to fail!

Some famous people who share your sign include: Charlie Chaplin, Walt Disney, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Peter Sellers and Jack Nicholson. So perhaps you'll be fun and creative and smart.

We could all use a laugh!

You may have heard about this financial mess-up. We humans tend to buy stuff we can’t afford, borrow more than we can pay back, and hide mistakes in the hopes no one finds out.

If you are worried that you may have big shoes to fill, just be glad you’re not Y2K! There were threats that the world as we know it was going to shut down. The year 2000 had a lot of pressure riding on it. Add to that, the futurists in the 1960s promised we’d all be using jet packs by then!

Some other things you should be aware of: the next President of the United States is a very good man, you can now order airline tickets and a pizza with two buttons on your smartphone, both Manning brothers have won a Super Bowl, and Barbara Walters is still hosting Oscar pre-show specials at the tender age of 79.

Remember, you’re just a year, 12 months, 52 weeks, 365 days, or 8,670 hours. You shouldn’t feel that you’re required to pull off miracles despite what some may claim.

Make yourself at home when you get here. You’ll be busy soon enough.

km

 
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