When a year ends, and a new one begins – complete with four new digits that feel unfamiliar on our tongues – it is traditional to reminisce. It seemed like only yesterday we were wondering what 2012 would hold. Now we wonder what we'll remember it for.
It is not an easy question to answer: what memories will you conjure upon hearing "2012" mentioned in the future?
It could be the Olympics, Obama being re-elected, or Felix Baumgartner skydiving from space. It could be the phenomenon of Fifty Shades of Grey, a new JK Rowling offering in bookstores, or the world collectively and obsessively dancing to Gangnam Style. It could be the 100th anniversary of the Titanic sinking, Delhi establishing itself as the most unsafe country for women, and the renewed spotlight on the Middle East.
There are a plethora of ways to remember 2012, but perhaps the best is as the year the world didn't end. For centuries and decades, enthusiasts of Mayan beliefs have believed that the world would end on December 21st, 2012. It was such a widespread and popular belief, it was what Google churned out every time you searched for "2012." But the world didn't end, and you're reading this. And perhaps that's how we should look forward to 2013.
With certainty, and the confidence of life. With the anticipation of all that is possible; a whole year of new Google Doodle's, new trending tweets, new faces and stories that make up the headlines, new words to read and images to soak in 2013 is a new year to live in.