Once again it is a new year. No longer will we write 2012 on our checks and terms papers but we will replace the dreaded year that was said to be our last with the number 2013. We move from December 31st to January 1st and it becomes an epidemic. Men and women rush around to find that certain someone to kiss at midnight while those who have no one feel shame or just plain resent. Thousands of people pile on top of each other in New York City to watch the ball drop that costs thousands, if not millions, of dollars all for just one night of pleasure. Not to mention the hype that surrounds the ball such as top ten celebrities with not much talent but big names and under appreciated agents behind them. And finally, now that it is the new year people have to figure out, optimistically, what their faults are and try to fix them in the new year because it is too much to ask them to fix themselves in April or August or October.
This isn't the first time I have been disgusted by the new year
festivities though. It was around ninth grade when I began to wonder
why new year's resolutions were such a hit to the public. Let's be real
here. At least 75% of the American population makes a new years
resolution. Heck, I made one! I vowed to read 50 books in 2012 and
succeeded. But most don't succeed at their goals. In fact, they do not
succeed because the goals they are trying to meet are either not
realistic or they truly do not want their goal all that badly. What
really bothers me though is this - why must we make a resolution to
better ourselves just because it is the new year? Shouldn't we be
trying to better ourselves all of the time? To point out my 50 books
goal, I feel no shame because I was not reading the books to feel better
about myself or to better myself. I only participated in the challenge
for fun and look at where it has got me! I never expected to have a
blog I love so much nor did I expect to read so many books in such a
wide variety. I never expected where this blog and this 50 book
challenge would take me and I am so grateful for it all. But most
people do not make a new year's resolution in this light. Just a
disclaimer - I'm not trying to make myself sound better than anyone else
(considering my new year's resolution would be to lose weight and that
hasn't happened for a long while). Most people make a new year's
resolution because they want to, A. please someone, B. rival someone, or
C. make themselves feel like they are achieving something just because
they say they are "going" to do it.
And then the new years kiss. I
will be honest, this has to be up their with Valentines Day. What is
the big deal? Why do people feel the urge to kiss someone at midnight?
If you love someone, you should be kissing them all of the time because
you love them! Don't use New Years as an excuse! However,
the kiss isn't a bad tradition. If you have someone you love and are
watching the ball drop, it is nice to kiss them. But if you aren't in
love or don't currently have someone, don't feel any worse off because
of it. Don't let society define your life because you will never be
happy that way.
January 1st 2013 was just another day for me.
Both of my grandmas were over for dinner and we played apples to apples,
watching some Bowl Games, and ate chilly. Technically, it is just another day.
Time is a man made invention. So my advice is, don't take the new year
too seriously. Traditions are great but don't buy into them with so
much frivolity and ignorance. Just make the new year what you want to
make it and don't try to do things just because society says they are
"New Years" acceptable.