It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. So long 2011. Hello 2012.
It’s the first day in the year 2012. It is thus befitting to list 12 things that I look forward to with great anticipation in this upcoming year.
12- London #2012 . I have always treasured the Olympics and I will forever welcome the joy that, on one hand the competition brings to hearts of so many, most especially mine and on the other hand, the potential of such events (second to the world cup of course) to sow tighter bonds among humans.
11- Fareed Zakaria coined 2012: “The year of elections” All in All, a whooping 59 countries will be tallying up votes constituting a third of the world’s nations. 26 possible new heads of states. Together, these changes could potentially affect 53% of the world’s population, representing half of the world’s GDP. And a lot of the change is concentrated in the world’s most powerful countries. More specifically I look forward to the 2012 Presidential elections in the United States of America. Not sure exactly why, but should the unexpected happen, i.e. Obama NOT be reelected, I am positive, from the few debates I have witnessed that we will witness a major shift in the paradigm of governance in America. That could be interesting.
10- Believe it or not, folks, It’s been 10 years since I have been out of High School. Refrain from doing consequential math. Just know that I am old. Thus I look forward to heading out the hills of Berkshire in Western Mass. There I hope to rekindle friendships. St Joseph Central High School Reunion, Here I come.
9- It would hurt not to make it part of my list. A message for the terrorist group that has engineered mindless suffering in the lives of so many Nigerians over the past year and more: BOKO HARAM. In the language of my forefathers (Igbo), perhaps It’d be proper to say BIKO HARA’ ANYI AKA (please leave us alone [in peace])
8-This is more personal. It’s a challenge to myself for those who know me. I invite you to make it a challenge for yourself as well: TO LOVE MORE DEEPLY. I pledge not to hide behind the complexities of the scientific method, as i confess i have often done. I will let down my guards , and just LOVE. This, by no means will abolish the Old Darlington, but rather, contribute to make me more whole.
7- The Apocalypse. So says the Mayan calendar. Quite frankly, i always thought that 2013 would have made more sense [thirteen, duh]. ***Shaking my head*** Not to feed into the non-sense, I urge everyone to consider that the very present could be the very end. Thus Pray as if all depended on God, and Work as if everything depended on you.
6- In Sports, I look forward to Manchester City (EPL) and The Miami Heat (NBA) and their journey to the top. Dear Man U Fans and Lakers, Tis a new year.
5- 12/12/12 – My father’s birthday calls for a potential visit to Nigeria.
4 – Last but certainly not least, I WILL defend, and finally, free at last…Darlington C Abanulo, Ph.D. will see the light this year, In Jesus Name.
Well what about the top 3? They say God looks at our plans and laughs. I opted then to leave them open for one reason: So that after He is done laughing, He can bless me beyond what I can possibly conceive…then I will return to this very post and fill them in :).
With wishes of health, joy, peace and faith for 2012. Happy New Year’s To You and Yours.