Winter is in full swing. The Westfjords are currently experiencing some snowfall. Blizzard conditions exist, but the snowfall is minimal. As of now, the worst-case scenarios for New Year’s Eve weather have not materialized. Perhaps we can have a midnight fireworks display.
Do you regret having to say goodbye to this year? The quick response is “no,” while the more thorough explanation is that the year was probably normal in both positive and negative ways. This year’s difficult times were particularly bad, while the happy times were especially wonderful.
I’d rather be looking forward than back at the moment. New Year’s resolutions often include wishes for world peace and prosperity. This serves as a reminder that next year we must make greater efforts to preserve our world. This incident also serves as a reminder that fireworks make a lot of trash and that if there is no breeze, the smoke from explosions can hurt the health of young and old people.
I find myself among the vulnerable today, and I must admit that the fireworks metaphor takes on a new meaning in light of my vulnerable situation. I’ve heard, are a major source of funding for rescue squads all around the country. Without them, we have no guarantee of survival in an emergency. Small torches will be lit tonight, and I want to provide direct financial support to rescue teams the next time around.
The war in Ukraine is the saddest thing happening right now. At the start of the year, it was unimaginable that a European nation was in a life-or-death struggle and was exposed to a daily barrage of bombs. Because the world’s more peaceful nations can’t stand by and do nothing, Russia will eventually have to back down, or the war would end in catastrophe. The only thing standing in the way of world peace is evil. The human race has the potential to change, and maybe there is a glimmer of hope out there.
Take a look at these photos captured in Isafjordur in the days between Christmas and New Year’s. Click on any of them to start a full screen slideshow.