Today, on the last day of the year, we are going to hear a lot of new year greetings. But really, if one compares one year with another, generally half the time things get better and half the time things get worse. The reason for this is that life is cyclical. There will always be ups and downs. The new year is not going to be any different from the current year, so there is really no reason to feel all excited over nothing.
One thing, however, is always going to go up. This is not just a load of hot air; prices of things are always going up. Most of the time the advent of a new year triggers many price increases. It is as if businesses sees it as a given right to set a higher price at the start of each new year. Mostly without any justification, but simply because it has become customary to do so.
In view of all the impending price increases, why is everyone ushering in the new year with glee instead of gloom? Or with fireworks instead of getting fired up? I love the old year. I was younger, my hair was fuller, and prices were lower. Nevertheless, Happy New Year to you.