It was a soft, quick transition from 2012 to 2013. It lasted less than a second, less than a breath. We turned the lights off and let the new year step in. Light returned and brought kisses and exchanges of wishes. Cutting of Vasilopita, the traditional New Year’s cake with the lucky coin inside. And pets running around scared by the sound of fireworks.
The new year stepped in and as expected nothing changed. Neither did I decided to follow any resolutions.
I let the new calender year transition happen without any expectations, without any looking back. I can’t make resolutions that reality hinders me from materialize, that reality turned everything upside down every once in a while. I can’t look back as I can’t change the past.
All I can do is enjoying a couple of joyful days with family, relatives and friends. Joyful and carefree because I manage to abstain from watching news on former finance ministers under scrutiny, news on upcoming taxes and billions of euros that we need to pay from the money we don’t have. News on a corrupted state that is unable to make the difference.
I turned a blind eye and a deaf ear to the misery of this country. For just a couple of days. A welcome and a much needed break.
Better stay in the kitchen and prepare dinners and lunches and snacks. Even better sit on the couch with a glass of wine, watching the decorated Christmas tree and its sparking lights, listening to the various New Year concerts from Vienna or Assisi, being carried away by wonderful melodies.
Everything else is much better that watching the much praised acts of charity and solidarity with the poor, acts that exorcise the austerity and discharge the crisis. Everything else is much better than having to listen to the politicians’ messages for the new year -probably a copy paste of those in last year.
The transition from 2012 to 2013 was soft and quick.
Even if Athens major Giorgos Kaminis prolonged the old year for almost 5 minutes. Out of the need to say things he thought they were important, things about politics and austerity, things nobody wanted to hear on the very last minute of 2012 and the very first minutes of 2013.
While fire works were popping up brightening the sky of Piraeus and the suburbs of Athens, the major was still speaking about … I can’t tell you. Nobody listened. But everybody laughed watching live in Thiseion or on television a major proving for one more time, that politicians have zero connection to real time world.