The great thing about life, particularly as embodied by sports, is that the lessons are constant — none bigger than the reality that we don’t know anything. Sure, we know objective stuff such as statistics and final scores. But as we sit around and endeavor some vague predictions or notions, it becomes clear that we don’t know anything. That even the people whose jobs it is to know something, often know nothing.
There is no fear greater than the fear of the unknown, and in 2018 we will be plunged in that abyss once more. It does not matter whatever I think of the incoming year, whatever my plans and forecasts are, one thing is as sure as death and taxes and it is the only thing we know. Is that we know nothing. Not the day our government will wake up and realize there are students here in dire need of their allowance or the day our bathrooms will start looking human worthy or the food at the dining hall will be dignified enough for human consumption. Yet in spite of all these grim challenges and in the midst of uncertainty, one thing is in deed certain and is that i will be fine.
It is human to think that the sky is falling when things are not going our way but whether my needs are met or not, whether the problems at the comedor are solved or the allowance is paid or not, just as it was the past year and it will be this year, the sun will still shine, the rain will still come and the sky will not fall. And I will be here on the 31st December celebrating the victories and lamenting the defeats and correcting the faults.
Looking back upon the past year I have seen huge disappointments in class and relationships, missed opportunities and pissed friends off. I have reacted poorly to situations that were not in my favour and shown tons of poor decisions. But in order to move forward and continue growing, I need to put aside all that and look to the new as it is; devoid of the past and filled with endless and listless opportunities. Well that is the point of a new year anyway.
There is a sense of pleasure and relief in a new beginning and 2018 gives me that so the good, bad and ugly I welcome. Will 2018 be a bad year, I don’t know and pray that it isn’t so but by faith I know that it will be a great year. The only thing that remains is to answer this question? Am I ready?