At 12:01 on January 1st each year we welcome the New Year with hugs, kisses, fireworks, prayers and exclamations of joy. We enthusiastically wish our family, friends and even complete strangers a Happy New Year!
It is perhaps the most optimistic time of year.
But time inevitably moves forward and we must face the reality that if we want a Happy New Year we have to do things differently.
We need to practice patience and good manners: It seems like Bahamians these days are too quick to anger, are less sympathetic to each other and are self-centered. No I’m not talking about the criminals, I’m talking about regular every day Bahamians. You see it on the streets, in traffic, and in the food stores etc.
We need to demand better from our government: Our government is doing a poor job. They are shitting on us daily. I’m sorry if that offends you but that’s how I feel. The evidence is all around us…
We need to become engaged: join a protest, start a movement, volunteer in your community do something this year to make a change in this country. Even if your contribution is small.
There are any number of things that we can do to make this a Happy New Year, but It should be obvious to all by now that we can’t afford to do the same old things we’ve been doing for the past few years.
Are you with me?