January 4, 2015. Twenty-Fifteen. Two thousand fifteen. It always feels strange the first time one writes out the numbers of the New Year. 2015. There are so many things that I hope for in this new year but, above all, I hope that we will all experience a year that brings us closer to full acceptance of one another.
To ring in the New Year, I was able to enjoy a new experience, which I think is a fine way to start things off. After years of good intentions, I finally made it over to Pratt, the famous art institute a few blocks from my apartment, to hear their 50th annual steam whistle adventure.
I’ll admit that they look much cooler and sound better as individual whistles than when used as an instrument to play a song, such as Auld Lang Syne, but it was still a wonderful experience. Mostly because the sounds of some are so deep and sonorous that you can actually feel the vibration and what better way to ring in the new year than with a sound so powerful it rocks you to the core, reminding you that you’re alive to experience yet another year on this planet.
I’m so glad to have witnessed the whistles – apparently the last time they’ll be played at Pratt – and to have welcomed the new year in the company of smiling people, albeit mostly strangers, who were also enjoying this strange event. I look forward to discovering what other new adventures await me in 2015.
Primarily I’ll keep working on growing as a writer and hope that I can contribute some useful thoughts to the world. I will continue to write about what I think is important, or at least of interest, in hopes that by not staying silent I will not either be complicit in the perpetuation of injustice so rampant in the world today. As we often say in the world of AIDS activism – and it holds true in all things – Silence = Death. So I will not keep quiet.
As for resolutions, I don’t really have any except the continued goal of waking up again each day and continuing to keep my good health and a mind as sharp as possible.
I wish you all the best of everything in 2015 and thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading my words. Happy New Year!