Here we go again.
Two more days before the New Year begins, some of us are still unbelievably scrambling to pick up the unfulfilled tasks and goals that we had set out to do more than 300 days ago as indicated on our list of resolutions, whether inspired or tired, for 2012.
Unsurprisingly, the few determined ones among us have already come up, neatly typed and “timelined”, with a fresh list of resolutions for 2013, hot and ready for posting on social media.
Before we talk about resolutions and goals that some of us will discard and forget on the first few weeks of 2013, anyway, let’s get busy reflecting on what we’re leaving behind.
A lot of things have happened this year, some wonderful and heartwarming, others tragic and sad, and still, a few that made us yawn and say “Next” or from the famous Gen X rebels Bart and Lisa Simpson’s lips, “Meh”.
Let’s take a trip down memory lane and revisit some highlights of the year that undeniably changed many lives including yours and mine. As we’re all diverse in beliefs and perception, be the judge on which ones you can live without in 2013 and those worth keeping in your thoughts.
Here goes my own list based largely on what I wrote for Examiner in 2012.
- Pop superstar Madonna surprised everyone with her youthful look, dancing prowess and grand production during the Super Bowl (XLVI) halftime show held on February 5 in Indianapolis. The segment generated an unbelievable 8,000 tweets per second. She may have slipped in one of her dance routines and looked like she was catching her breath which of course, made some people pout but for a 54 year old woman, she was pretty awesome.
- “Linsanity” was born when Jeremy Lin, an unknown, undrafted rookie from Harvard who was playing then with the New York Knicks, rose from obscurity and captured the hearts of many from sports fans to yuppies to Kindergarteners and their grandmothers all over the world. Lin became the poster boy for the underdogs when he carried the Knicks on his shoulders without superstar Carmelo Anthony for a series of unforgettable wins beginning in February against the New Jersey Nets. It was undeniably one of the most exciting times not just in Madison Square Garden but where there’s healthy competition everywhere.
All over NY, Linsanity is on the menu
- Jessica Sanchez became a household name when she awed the American Idol audience with her vocal skills and charisma. The petite teenager did not win the competition against American Idol champion Phillip Phillips but she earned a lot of supporters, an unbelievable duet with Tony award-winning “Dreamgirls” star Jennifer Holliday, a record deal and an upcoming stint with “Glee”.
- Gen X iconic bands Duran Duran and No Doubt released new material, “A Diamond in the Mind” and “Push and Shove”, respectively. Former Smashing Pumpkins member James Iha released his second solo album “Look to the Sky” 14 years after he released his first in 1998. The remaining Nirvana members played together again with legendary Beatle Paul McCartney on vocals for the Sandy Relief concert in December.
- Mr. Bean recaptured our hearts during the grand opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics in London which also featured the unforgettably funny skit starring James Bond and the Queen which raked in the largest US TV viewing audience in history. Swimmer Michael Phelps broke records on his 4th and final Olympics before finally retiring from his beloved sport. Many equally inspiring tales from young Olympians hailing from all over the world were made and told during the historic competition.
- NASA’s ‘Curiosity’ rover landed successfully on Mars and daredevil Felix Baumgartner set records after successfully skydiving from space to Earth.
- The United States celebrates the reelection of its incumbent leader, President Barack Obama, after a tight race with Presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
- Encyclopedia Britannica, best friend to millions of Gen X learners back when Google, Wikipedia and the internet were nonexistent, stopped the publication of its print edition, ending a long and colorful tradition.
- Mass shootings in a crowded theater in Colorado during the midnight premiere of the last Batman installment “A Dark Knight Rises” killing 12 people and in the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut killing 6 adults and 20 little children shocked, terrified, saddened, angered and changed the lives of many.
- Super storm Sandy ravaged seven countries along its path causing massive devastation and death.
Super Sandy Storm deaths, damage and magnitude
- The passing of legendary artists and personalities such as Whitney Houston, Robin Gibb, Dick Clark, Ravi Shankar, Jenni Rivera, Michael Clarke Duncan, Filipino comedian Dolphy, Neil Armstrong and Jerry Nelson among others.
- Boxing hero Manny Pacquiao’s star seemingly diminishes after consecutive losses to his boxing opponents and getting knocked out in the ring during his latest match against Mexican Manuel Marquez.
Here are a few that particularly stood out, in my opinion.
- Justin Bieber posting offensive images of Pacquiao on his Twitter account and not bothering to apologize and his performance at the recent American Music Awards which may not be responsible for the show’s lowest ratings ever.
AMA ratings down
- The much-publicized and scrutinized breakup and reconciliation of “Twilight” stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart and pop superstars Chris Brown and Rihanna.
- The extremely popular “Gangnam Style”. I still don’t get all the hype.
- Lindsay Lohan’s troubles, Nicki Minaj versus Mariah Carey on American Idol, Honey Boo Boo ‘acting up’ during a TV interview, reality shows about housewives this and that and the re-emergence of the boy band mania in the popular British group One Direction.
And that’s my list for 2012.
Hopefully, 2013 will be a better year for all of us with more highs, less lows and ‘mehs’ that don’t reach over and bite us.
Have a safe and happy New Year everyone!