2010 will be upon the UK in the next few moments. As the first decade of the 21st Century closes people around the world may breathe a sigh of relief.
This century began with so much hope. These hopes were quickly dashed with 9/11. The new era had dawned but it had brought global terrorism on a scale never before seen.
War was to follow in first Afghanistan and then Iraq. Pakistan is under constant terror attacks and the world is a very troubled place right now. The start of 2009 saw the Middel East in difficulty once again.
Climate change and global warming seem to be a further problem. If scientists are to be believed, the time, which is left to solve such problems, is rapidly running out. Flooding has been seen around the world and we all saw what horror a Tsunami could inflict on populations.
The children of today will certainly have their work cut out in the future.
As I look forward to 2010, I can only hope that world leaders wake up to the fact that they need to act and act fast. The Science fiction stories of the past, that told of doom and gloom, may yet be proved fact and not fiction.
Yet there could be so much that is positive right now.
Technology, medicine and science have progressed so much in recent years. The world has in effect shrunk with the Internet and world travel.
Unfortunately, all too many people around the world still live in poverty and many are starving. It is hard to believe that such a little amount of progress has been made to help these people and countries, after all these years.
My hope for 2010 is that we start again from scratch.
We should learn the lessons taught in the first decade. We have seen financial crisis, pure greed, terrorism, natural disasters, wars and more. Now is the time to start afresh.
It will not be easy but even if we only make slight improvements, a little at a time, we must turn things around. If we do not this century may freefall into a total disaster.
The earth, its resources, its lands and its peoples are all precious commodities. Surely in the 21st Century we are civilised enough to do more than fight and squabble?
Therefore, as the fireworks light up the sky and we all drink a toast to the New Year let us whisper a prayer for change. My hopes may be idealistic but there is nothing wrong with that. Let's all pray or hope for this change be for the better, before it's too late for this planet and man.