2013 was a turning point for virtually everybody throughout the world – including those who made news headlines, including those linked to the Boston Marathon bombing back in April (both masterminds and victims), the scandal-ending careers of personalities like Lance Armstrong, and the deaths of many prominent personalities who either made an important difference in the world or insulted our very principles as human beings (with the latter making fools out of themselves).
Of course, every year is a turning point – and not just for the rich and powerful. Those who aren’t rich and famous has experienced their own turning points which are part of moving forward in our own lives. My family and I have experienced our own turning points this past year – including not only the unexpected and tragic death of my oldest brother’s wife of twenty-seven years, but also my own mother’s gradual decline (and not just in terms of physical health). For us, those turning points are no less heartbreaking than other tragedies that affect just about everybody in the world – and in some cases, they can occur when everybody least expects it. And to even predict those turning points remains, in many cases, impossible – despite how far we’ve come, and not just in terms of technology. Then again, facing both the unexpected and the unknowns of the future has long been part of the human experience – a fact of life that’s long existed, and which many have come to accept, no matter how painful it gets at times.
As for 2014 and beyond, there’ll no doubt be still more turning points for all of us – and not just those of the news-making type. It might be an act of wishful thinking that all of our turning points will be nothing but positive – but as most of us have long since known, the task of changing our lives for the better depends on all of us, and not just from a humanistic standpoint. That task has never been easy – but done the right way, it can be the best and totally sensible task that we can ever hope to accomplish. And the only way.
John Lavernoich is the author of three books (including the first two Chameleons, Inc. novels), as well as various non-fiction articles and short stories that have been published in print and on the Internet. To learn more about Mr. Lavernoich and his writing achievements, please visit his official website (http://johnlavernoich.weebly.com), as well as his pages on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/john.lavernoich?ref=name), MySpace (http://www.myspace.com/jlavernoich), Twitter (http://twitter.com/JLav65), LinkedIn (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/john-lavernoich/7a/b21/237), and WordPress (https://johnlav.wordpress.com). Mr. Lavernoich also maintains his own video channel on YouTube‘s website (http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJz1MX0XKIPm8nSAccTNMjA), his own Author Spotlight page on Lulu Books‘ website (http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/Highroad), his own Profile Page on Amazon Studios‘ website (http://studios.amazon.com/users/59488), and his Chameleons, Inc. and Pictures Shop websites via Weebly (Chameleons, Inc. website: http://chameleonsinc.weebly.com; Pictures Shop website: http://jlpicturesshop.weebly.com).
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