It’s Just Another New Year’s Eve

It’s the last day of 2012, and I’ve been hearing in my mind throughout the day an old song from 1977 by Barry Manilow called “It’s Just Another New Year’s Eve”. It pretty much sums up what I want to say to you, my friends, especially if you are spending this evening alone and feeling lonely. I just want you to know that you’re not really alone. There are people who care about you and love you, like me. Tonight is just another New Year’s Eve, and tomorrow morning is the first day of a new year, and the rest of your wonderful life. A brand new start, yet also a continuation of things as they have been. It’s really just another day in your life, where you get another chance to make choices, make more mistakes, fall down, get up, and keep learning and growing as a person. And along the way, you’ll make new friends, deepen the relationship with the old ones, and sometimes say good-bye to one or two who, for whatever reason, no longer want to be friends with you. Such is life, year after year. Hopefully as we journey along, we’ll learn more about ourselves, learn to love one another better, laugh more, worry less, and grow wiser somehow.

If you’re reading this and consider me a friend, I thank you. You have been a part of my life that I cherish most. Together, we will make it through another New Year’s Eve, and another New Year.

Happy New Year! May 2013 be full of adventures and opportunities to grow wiser, but perhaps not much grayer. 🙂

By Barry Manilow (1977)

Don’t look so sad, it’s not so bad you know.
It’s just another night, that’s all it is,
It’s not the first, it’s not the worst you know,
We’ve come through all the rest, we’ll get through this.

We’ve made mistakes, but we’ve made good friends too.
Remember all the nights we spent with them?
And all our plans, who says they can’t come true?
Tonight’s another chance to start again.

It’s just another New Year’s Eve,
Another night like all the rest.
It’s just another New Year’s Eve,
Let’s make it the best.
It’s just another New Year’s Eve,
It’s just another Auld Lang Syne,
But when we’re through this New Year
You’ll see, WE’LL be just fine.

We’re not alone, we’ve got the world you know.
And it won’t let us down, just wait and see.
And we’ll grow old, but think how wise we’ll grow.
There’s more you know, it’s only New Year’s Eve.