I've never been one to do much celebrating on New Year's Eve, but as I get older, I appreciate the chance for new beginnings. Hope springs eternal on the opening day of each sport's opening day. (As a side note Major League Baseball's opening day should be a national holiday.) Kids may lose their optimism quickly but most seem to relish the chance to start a new school year with a fresh start.
2011 started with a long winter followed by dreary local, statewide, and national political outcomes. The usual distractions failed to provide solace (the Twins sucked.) At a personal level, the year seemed to have more downs than ups.
Tomorrow is a chance to start over. Here's hoping 2012 will be better. Happy New Year.