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Why I Don’t Want To Recap 2009
December 29, 2009, 9:09 am
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It’s the end of the year, 2009. It’s also the end of the first decade of the 2000s. Wow.

Seems like it was just yesterday that you couldn’t find bread, milk, water or batteries to save you life because everyone (or at least the majority of America) was concerned that the world would end because we “forgot” that at some point, computers might not understand that “01” means “2001” and not “1901.”

But alas, ten years have passed. And now is the time when all the writers, bloggers, and basically everyone and their mothers, will be writing about what we can learn from 2009 (or the previous ten years) and all the great things that happened and all the bad things that happened and yada, yada, yada…

Honestly, I don’t care. That sounds mean; I do care.

2009 was a memorable year for so many reasons: The first African American President was sworn into office; the King of Pop, Michael Jackson died (and nearly took Twitter with him); everyone started talking about Health Care Reform, swine flu, and Kanye West; a plane landed on the Hudson river and everyone survived; we learned that 8 kids and a TV show is a recipe for divorce; and some boy climbed into a weather ballon (while simultaneously hiding in the attic) and had the whole country wondering, “Why white people keep balloons in their backyard.”

Will we remember the majority of those things by this time next year? Probably not.

The past in the past. We can’t change it, so must learn to live with it. I don’t like to spend a lot of time dwelling on the past and thinking about how we could have changed things, and what we could have done better. We can’t do it now. Move on.

If you haven’t learned the lessons you were supposed to learn in 2009, chances are that you’ve already missed them. This isn’t a college exam you can go back and study for at the last minute. If there was a lesson to be learned in February, you should have learned it then. If you’re trying to learn it now, you might as well put down the books. It’s been my experience that you rarely learn a lesson more than a few weeks after the event. Occasionally, however, certain things do look different in the light of time. But those are the exceptions, not the rules.

Am I being a little cynical? Perhaps. Maybe because I’ve been a little disappointed with this year and what I’ve done with it, or perhaps because I, sometimes, have cynical inclinations — I don’t know. So sue me. Someone has to “keep it real,” right?

[Written by Stuart McDonald for]


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Amen to that.

Comment by The Smoking Ace

Interesting take on what seems to be a popular topic this time of year. But I totally agree with what you said and share a similar sentiment.

Comment by Cecele Denman

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