Where has 2012 gone?

It seems as though not too long ago we were worrying about Y2K, and now a dozen years have passed, and we are on the brink of 2013.

But before we get to the new year, perhaps it is a good idea to take a look back on this one to get some perspective on what has transpired in the nearly 365 days of 2012.

We lived through extremes of weather, through a summer Olympics, through a heated election and through the threat of a fiscal cliff that still looms today.

We endured the heat and the drought that seems to be a perpetual summer visitor.

We watched Michael Phelps splash and American women gymnasts dazzle.

We listened and watched more political ads than anyone should have to be a party to.

In South Carolina a new governor was greeted – the first woman in this state to hold the office.

Election turmoil resulted when a S.C. Supreme Court decision removed scores of names from ballots across the state, making this year’s election one of the most bizarre ever.

We felt our cyber pockets picked by hackers who stole identifying information from the Department of Revenue.

And we saw another first for the state after the decision by Sen. Jim DeMint to step down.

An African-American was appointed to the vacated position in the person of Rep. Tim Scott.

On the athletic front we saw the football teams from both Clemson and the University of South Carolina occupy top 10 positions during the season, and both finished with 10 regular season victories. It’s been a good year to be a Tiger or a Gamecock.

Locally our political world also saw changes. Sen. Greg Ryberg decided not to run for re-election. He was replaced by former Rep. Tom Young Jr. whose House seat was won by former City Councilman Don Wells.

Former County Councilman Charles Barton won the seat of County Auditor, and the vacant Council seat will be decided in a special election.

And there is the really important stuff of 2012 – the personal stuff.

As much as we think of history in terms of the big ticket things – fiscal cliffs, elections and major stories – those that happen to each of us are what put meaning into our lives and our memories.

Collectively as a community and singly as individuals, we have lost family members and friends this year.

Their memories are dear, but those people can never be replaced for the joy they brought to us.

We have lost jobs and taken on new positions. Some of us have graduated from schools and moved on to new chapters in life. There have been the thrills of marriages and the disappointments of divorce.

We have welcomed new members of our families in the form of newborns and watched children become adults in the blink of an eye.

We have had times when we have drifted from our relationship with God and times He has been so close we could almost touch him. Our spiritual lives, like the tide of life, ebbs and flows.

The year 2012 has had what every other year has – triumph, tragedy, gain and loss. The year 2013 will certainly have more of the same.

May triumph outweigh tragedy. May gain be greater than loss. May you and your family have a happy and prosperous new year. Welcome 2013.

Jeff Wallace is the retired editor of the Aiken Standard.