With the start of the New Year, we wonder what the future holds for us. There are all sorts of individuals willing to tell us what the year 2012 will hold in store for us.
We can start with the real weird ones. None are weirder than those predicting the end of the world when the Mayan Calendar ends. There never seems to be a shortage of kooks who grab onto anything and turn it into an event of great seriousness. We shall hear much more from the lunatic fringe as the year progresses.
It seems strange that there are many out there ready to convince themselves and others that the end is near. They must lead awfully sad lives if that is their greatest expectation for the nest twelve month,
Likely, the Mayans chiselling the calendar out of stone just got tired and thought enough was enough. They had taken care of several centuries, so leave up to someone else could carry on later.
It is truly strange the way some peoples’ minds work.
More believable are the economic gurus who make all sorts of forecasts as to what will happen in your financial life. Don’t be surprised if their conclusions and advice are conflicting. Economists would like you to believe that economics is a science. Unfortunately, it is not, it is just an educated guess. Once they deviate from reasonably predictable human nature, they get it wrong more often than not. If they were as confident and accurate as they make out, they would be off in a private office accumulating their next billion dollars.
Common sense, an all too rare commodity, is the best guide. If you spend more than you make, sooner or later you will have to change. Having a stash of cash stuck away in some bank to take care of emergencies is also wise. It should be able to carry you for at least a year. Depending on your line of credit or credit card limit is foolish, they can disappear in a second. A little prudence goes a long way.
Political pundits always find something to predict. We rapidly forget how wrong they were in a very short time. The pundits will be thick upon the ground with a provincial election looming early in 2013. Both those on the right and the left will bombard us with all the reasons we must vote for them. The great giveaway, financed by us taxpayers, will begin later in the year. It is wise to keep in mind that we do not get anything for nothing, whatever is promised must be paid for. If you are tempted to believe that you don’t have to worry as the other guy will pay for it, take a moment to think it through. No matter how you slice it, if you are one of those who go out and earn a living, you are the other guy.
There are some predictions we can rely upon.
Summer will come, eventually. The local lakes will still be too cold to swim in if you are over 30. Your golf handicap will move up, not down. Taxes will increase. Winter will seem to arrive too early. You will be another year older.
Despite all that is going on in the world, our lives will centre on family and friends. That is as it should be.