Only a "bit" of information changes - from 0 to 1 - from 2010 to 2011. If we think deep, that's a whole new state of existence!
(Translated from my own Telugu blog post):
A second lost in utter haste, would it ever return?
Would each part of the day explain its own lesson?
Time doesn't pity, like us humans, if you falter or fall,
Nor until you come does even a minute of it stall!
(The original Telugu verse is a part of a lyric composed by "sirivennela Seetharama Shastry, but it's the language of our hearts - that's singular, yes, because these cautionary statements are being rendered by one unified voice that belongs to all of us!)
..."Your questions are yours [to resolve]", the time reminded us, only after already hinting us that "the answer is within the question". Off goes 2010 without fail, and 2011 has to come in surely too. Between this switch, how better did we get, how many/what did we reform, what/how many lessons did we learn? - these are the only important questions. Before the new year brings more lessons, revising the old syllabus thoroughly is our part. We do not complete that exercise, the fear of time doesn't change how many ever calendars may come and go. It's not the new year that we must welcome, but it's our own selves that we must proactively cleanse before we enter the temple of a new year. It's said that fear or devotion form the basis for our customs. We should know whether we are welcoming the new year with fear or devotion or an ignorance that knows neither ...before time runs over us.