2013 Looms

Time to be thinking about the new year and what possibilities exist there for accomplishment.  I do believe I need a new goal.  Sometimes those are more difficult to decide on than others.  In the past, I had school to get through as well as raising children and working in our business.  Those things are past now (although the business continues in capable hands).  So what shall I choose for 2013?

This is about choice, much as the rest of life is as well.  What choices will we make that will shape our destiny and our future?  Will you add a class this year?  Learn something completely new? Or is your pathway set and you are happy to be where you are?  This past year, I completed my first self-published book and my master’s thesis.  Those were rather large things for me.  Yet I know I’m much happier when pursuing a goal or a dream.

What is next on the horizon?  I will be teaching American History for the first time, so learning about it will be vital (I’m a European History major – this ought to be interesting!).    I am taking an online class in February on writing.  But, for some reason, all that feels like old goals.  “Follow Your Dream.”  I heard that again on a commercial recently, and as often as I have heard it, it reverberated for some reason.  What are those dreams? Do I still want to write?  Have I had the “writing bug” beaten out of me for a while?   How do you decide what your dreams are, and what you would like to do with the rest of your life?  I really would love to know.

2013.  Hmmmmm…

Is the election finally over?

This has been such a longgggggggggggg election cycle.  I don’t feel as if I’ve ever turned on the TV without seeing either Romney or Obama.  On Monday night, the sheriff’s race in Pickens County (South Carolina) was heating up in a major way.  I wonder just what is happening in that county to need such a fight to the finish.  

Many things about this election stand out harshly in my thoughts.  The worst of these is the amount of money spent on the campaigns.  My god, I think we could cure world poverty if we could somehow divert the funds to a much more important cause.  I know that we could do wonders for paying off student loans, or even establishing scholarships for our students.  We could clothe many of the unclothed children who wander in the streets with no food or roof.  I know I sound like I’m trying to save the world.  I’m not really.  I just don’t get why being president of the United States – the leader of the free world (are we still?) – has to involve billions of dollars spent on who gets that spot.  Often I wonder just why anyone would want that job.

Now it appears that we may have an historical wait to find out.  With the arrival of Hurricane Sandy, the dysfunction that continues to happen in Florida, the late date count on mailed ballots in Ohio (is it really November 17?), and the battles over photo ID’s, I do wonder if we will ever know who actually won.  Election Reform is much too late, and (dare I say it) a dollar short.  

We also have to find out who will control congress and if these men and women can manage to put aside their differences long enough to pay attention to the state of our country.  It isn’t all about who is president, is it?

Ahh, well, time to move on to more important issues.  I’m sure they are just waiting to arrive on our news channels.  Our hearts and our hopes (and hopefully, some of our pocketbooks) go out to those battling the weather issues in New Jersey, New York, Virginia, etc.  I wonder if they even care to vote today.  They may be more interested in food, water, and electricity.