As of Wednesday, January 2, 2019
I am not one for looking back in the rearview mirror to see where I have been or, maybe, what I have missed.
I am all about the journey in moving life forward. Taking each day as it comes and trying to do better than I did the day before.
The song playing on the FM radio station in my car as I turned left onto Sixth Street, passing the Sunnyside School District Administration building, while driving into the newsroom before dawn this morning was the Smashing Pumpkins’ “Today,” written by lead vocalist and guitarist Billy Corgan.
The lyrics of the first chorus, “Today is the greatest… Day I’ve ever known… Can’t live for tomorrow… Tomorrow’s much too long… I’ll burn my eyes out… Before I get out.”
The alternative hit symbolizes my focus on what Monday, New Year’s Eve represents to me.
Angst and melancholy, combined with a powerful progression of darkness and enlightened hopefulness, fueled my drive down the street.
I still enjoy listening to the radio, even though the low profile of my car’s antenna is not one of its strong features. And, yes, I went from hair band rock to grunge and rocked out in both those musical eras.
Today, Monday until ‘round midnight, is all about embracing the moment with friends and family in recognizing the importance of making each day count.
We all measure or quantify those standards differently and that is what is cool.
Plus, it gives us all something to talk about the next morning with that first cup of inspired awakenings as we prepare for the buffet of college football bowl games.
New Year’s Eve is a time I reserve to take a moment and say, “See-ya 2018… been there and done that… and hello 2019!”