What’s next?

FI-EditorialWell, 2013 has officially shuffled off this mortal coil and now we are in the early days of a brand-new 2014. For now it feels suspiciously like 2013 did, but it remains to be seen where all of this is headed.

In fact, consulting with the ultimate authority in determining the future — the Magic 8 Ball — the only answer to “What’s next for Greenwich?” remains “Outlook cloudy, ask again later.” So there’s really only one thing that’s known right now, and it’s that pretty much everything is unknown. What does the future hold? It’s definitely too early to tell.

2014 is like the fresh snow on the ground everyone woke up to this morning before it was tracked over, shoveled, plowed, and melted. It was relatively untouched at first, but soon it will get messy and annoying and inconvenience all of us. Of course, that’s no different than in any other year. One could easily argue that the beginning of a new year is really no different than the beginning of a new day. Each day could go good or bad, but there’s still going to be a chance the next day to do it better.

The simple truth is that Greenwich will get the 2014 it deserves, whether good or bad. The expectation should be that it will be a good one because anyone totally convinced it will be a bad one probably won’t even get out of bed long enough to do anything about it. Destinies are not written as soon as the ball drops in Times Square. Individuals make their own paths and determine their own futures.

We will get the 2014 we want because we are the ones creating the actions that make it happen. There will be triumphs. There will be setbacks. There will be frustrations. There will be validations. There will be days when people never want this year to end and there will be days when 2015 will not be able to get here soon enough. But the paths are not determined yet. There’s no tracks in the snow. The Magic 8 Ball has yet to give its final prediction.

Will 2014 be a year of dysfunction on Greenwich boards and commissions? Will the gubernatorial and congressional elections keep anything significant from happening on a state and federal level to benefit residents? Will people come together or find themselves at odds with one another? That’s up to us. This is something entirely in the hands of our residents. Their actions will determine what kind of year 2014 is going to be.

Each day is going to be a new opportunity to make this new year a great one. A lot of people have made resolutions to be better that will be forgotten by the time the Super Bowl rolls around, but every time the sun rises it’s going to be a fresh chance. There’s going to be 365 (well, 362 now) chances for everyone to wake up and work toward moving themselves and this town forward.

The opportunities do not end when the new year buzz does. We will make this whatever kind of year it will be through our own actions. That’s what the new year offers, and we don’t need a Magic 8 Ball to take advantage of that.

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