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The Biggest Deal Of All – 31 December 2012

Today is the final day of 2012, and this has been a great year for me. I’ve seen things and done things I never thought I’d do, been places I’d never thought I’d go, and met people I wouldn’t have otherwise. And for that, I feel blessed and grateful. However, this is the perfect time for personal introspection, and for looking toward the future, as cliche and trite as that all sounds.

The new year is an important time, a time where we reflect on what we’ve learned about ourselves in the past year – generally while drinking copious amounts of alcohol with those closest to us. For me, this new year is a special one, as I’m celebrating in Japan this go round, with some of the greatest people I’ve ever met. And that’s a big deal. But whoever reads this, wherever you may be, this is a special new year for you too, because you’re still breathing – the same as last year and next year’s will be.

And that’s an even bigger deal.

We’ve all had to deal with shitty things this past year – late mortgage payments and parking tickets and family members that have passed on; and of course, Sandy Hook and the poor woman in India that was brutally gang-raped and murdered… But never forget that, though living may be difficult at times, living is what we are meant to do, no matter how evil those of us may choose to live. Those people don’t define all of humanity, only the worst of it. And even the small things, the parking tickets and stuff like that – you’ll survive the tiny things because you are destined to do so.

2012 has been an important year for myriad reasons, but what has it meant to you? What has (or hasn’t) happened to you that makes this new year a special one? Only you can answer that one for yourselves. But I’m sure that whatever answer you come up with will be a valid one, and hopefully will lead you down the path of happiness and prosperity in the future.

And that’s the biggest deal of all.

So as you head out to celebrate and rabble-rouse and destroy your neighbor’s mailboxes remember that this is a special night in your lives, one that will never come again. Every new year is an important time, a division between what has already been and what is yet to come. So go out there and fulfill you’re destiny. Do what it is that you were put here to do – live.

Just try to keep the collateral damage to a minimum, okay people? Okay.

あけましておめでとうございます!  Happy New Year!



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