A chance to wipe the slate clean
by Ed Wendell
Jan 03, 2019 | 1267 views | 0 0 comments | 78 78 recommendations | email to a friend | print
And just like that, we can put another year in the books. Seems that the older you get, the faster the years slip by.

When you’re younger you tend to measure time in shorter increments. How many hours until your favorite cartoon is on? How many days until summer recess? You’re forever in a rush to get older; to get somewhere.

When you’re young, time can’t move fast enough for you.

When you get older you start to measure time in larger chunks. Months fly by the way days used to. You start to measure the year by seasons, and so it passes quickly.

And if you’re a bit of a fatalist, you might view the passing of a year as one step closer to the very end.

No wonder people like to go out and get loaded on New Year’s Eve.

At the same time, a new year is an opportunity for a fresh start; a chance to wipe the slate clean and begin anew.

It’s a rebirth, of sorts. The closest we get to being young again, with your life still out there ahead of you.

We get 12 fresh months to play with. Four more seasons to enjoy. And finding ourselves symbolically back at the beginning, we don’t want to waste this opportunity.

We resolve to make sure that this year is different than the last one and the year before and all the years before that.

And it’s through these resolutions that we map out the coming year. We all resolve to eat less and exercise more. Some of us resolve to quit smoking or some other behavior that’s harmful.

Often, some of our goals fall by the wayside early into the New Year. Other times, the New Year was just what we needed to make true change.

What have you resolved for 2019? What do you see for yourself in the coming 12 months?

Briefly, here are a few of my resolutions for the New Year.

First, I resolve never to use any self-checkout in any store. Ever. I’m sick of the machine scolding me that I removed items from the bagging area, but more importantly it takes a job away from someone.

So I don’t care how long the lines are. Even if I have just a few items, I’ll wait.

Next, I resolve to do better answering emails. I used to be real good at that. Now, not so much. I procrastinate, I tell myself I’ll take care of it later. Sometimes I do, too often I don’t.

And so, if you sent me emails and didn't get a response, I apologize. In most cases it’s not you, it’s me.

And finally, I resolve to make an extra effort to get to know the neighborhood I live in, the one where I have spent my entire life and grew up in.

There are thousands and thousands of people in our community with interesting lives and interesting stories. I’d like to make 2019 the year we spend time getting to know these people and hear those stories.

On that point, you can help by pointing me in the direction of your friends and neighbors who you think would make an interesting topic for a column in this paper. Email me at woodhavenhistory@gmail.com (I promise I will answer back) or call me at (718) 805-2002.

Lastly, it’s time to make a nice announcement as we head into the new year. The Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society is working on a new Woodhaven History book and it will be out in 2019.

We’ve made some good progress on it. The photo for the cover has been chosen, and we have someone very special to write the introduction.

And that, folks, is my last and biggest resolution. To bring you a book that is not only a historical document, but also serves as a love letter to our favorite community. We’ve got a great team working on this and you’ll be very happy with the final product.

I wish all of you a very happy and healthy 2019. I hope to see you at one or more meetings or events throughout the next 12 months.

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