Most every person that I know that is older than me has always told me the older you get, the quicker years go by.
I never really gave that much thought, but after 2009, I'm beginning to think they have all been right.
It started with my grandparents years ago. Nana and Papaw both would say this age-old saying.
I always thought they were crazy. Time is, after all, constant. It never wavers.
But again, after this year, it sure feels like they were right.
It seems like it was only two months ago when Merry and I were coming back from Greece. My first plane trip. My first time outside of the United States. What a trip. I'll cherish every moment of that week for the rest of my life.
It really did feel like 2009 flew by.
But here's to hoping 2010 is better.
In the past year, I've had family members lose jobs. My family was no different than most this year when it came to employment.
In the past week, readers have had the opportunity to vote at our website on a very simple poll.
Will 2010 be better than 2009?
The answers? Yes or no.
Through Sunday afternoon, close to 130 responders voted on the poll, with 87 saying yes and 41 saying no.
A handful of people responded to the comment as well.
One stated, "Yes ... maybe," while another said, "We can only hope for the best out of 2010."
Another said, "I am praying that it will be," and another said, "If people work together and have faith, it can't get worse."
The last comment really says it all, doesn't it?
"It can't get much worse."
I don't know about all of you, but I think I agree with that.
All throughout 2009, it seemed if you picked up a newspaper daily, or turned on the television for the nightly news, bad news filtered through the airwaves.
One day, economic woes topped the news cast, while the next day, the unemployment rate was on top.
Stories about children turning up missing seem to captivate the hearts and minds of citizens almost weekly.
With the way the world turned in 2009, 2010 really can't get much worse. Can it?
Let's hope not.
Every time I hear the word "faith" uttered, I can't help but think of the 9-minute plus song by band King's X, "Faith Hope Love."
I believe in faith, hope and love. Three words that really have a way of bringing up anybody who is feeling down.
I believe 2010 can only get better. As the responder pointed out, however, if we can find a way to work together.
Bad news is always going to happen. Everything in the world can't be good.
But I do have faith in 2010 being better than 2009.
Again, it really can't get much worse than 2009.
Let's hope not.