Happy New Year? What happened to 2008?

The older you get, the faster the years seem to fly by. At least that's how it seems to me. Here we are New year
in 2009 already and I'm still working on my New Year's resolutions for 2008. We're now just a year from 2010 and I'm going to be asking myself, "What happened to that decade? Where did it go? Was I in a coma or something?"

I'm a family man with little children, so I didn't do much celebrating, especially compared to all those carefree people dancing on my TV screen. Many of them were in NYC (New Year City) of course:

As the clock struck midnight, a ton of confetti rained down while the partygoers hugged and kissed.

Torres and his girlfriend, Sarah Manganello, both 21, screamed and
cheered as they watched the ball drop. Manganello had advice for people
in the new year: "Learn from what you've done and move forward." [Link]

That's good advice. Sometimes I find myself making the same mistakes over and over. Not learning from them. Just repeating them. If you do things the same way, you get the same results. That's why I'm going to do things differently this year. I'm going to make some drastic changes. For example:

1. I'm going to type with my toes. Typing with my fingers has gotten me nowhere. I still haven't written a great novel.

2. I'm going to have dessert first. Before any of my kids get to it. "Sorry kids," I'm going to say. "I've finished the pie. Feel free to have a second helping of spinach."

3. I'm going to agree with my wife — whatever she says. Disagreeing with her is like having stock in General Motors — it just doesn't pay any dividends. So I'm going to say "Yes, dear" more and "Hello couch" less.

If you enjoyed this piece, you'll love Melvin's novel Bala Takes the Plunge, available in North America through Amazon.com and McNallyRobinson.com You can also find it at major bookstores in India and Sri Lanka or online at FlipKart, IndiaPlaza, FriendsofBooks or other sites. A number of readers have written reviews of the novel. An excerpt of the novel can be read here.


  1. Analysts say that, time seems to fly faster as you grow old, because of the percentage
    of that period (1 year) in your total life-time becomes less.. for a 10 year old, 1 year is
    10% of his lifetime, for a 50 year old it is only 2% of his lifetime, and so on.

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