Friday, December 31, 2010

A New New Year's outlook

I have always been very superstitious about New Years. For as long as can remember, I have believed that however I am feeling as the clock strikes 12, is how the rest of my year is going to be. And for the most part, it has worked out that way.

But I'm starting to wonder if maybe it has all been a self-fulfilling prophecy. Maybe the 'not so great' years I have had, have been mostly my own doing. It's more than likely.

Take New Years 2006 for example. I was in a very busy club (what was I thinking?!) having a very miserable time. As the clock struck 12, just as I had realised that I had managed to lose my friends and would be bringing in the New Year alone, a very drunk individual managed to pour his entire glass of wine down my back. And that was it. I decided then and there that my year was going to terrible. No matter what. And the year did turn out to be pretty ordinary. All because I was expecting it to be.

I ruined an entire year because someone spilt their drink down my back one night.

It is the same with New Year's Resolutions. Every year I have decided to change something about myself, then felt like a failure when that bad habit does not automatically disappear on January 1st. I have never met anyone who has actually kept to their New Year's Resolution. Seriously, whoever came up with the idea wasn't thinking clearly. We are expected to come up with a meaningful, manageable resolution New Years Eve when we're more likely than not to be quite intoxicated, then start it the next day when we are feeling the effects of said intoxication.

Not a good idea at all. Shame on the founder of New Year's Resolutions.

So I have no resolutions this New Year. The only thing I am going to do is try and enjoy the night. And if I don't, I'm going to remind myself that it's not the end of the world, nor an indicator of the coming year, cry a little bit inside and then move on.

I think it's high time I started shaking off some of my old superstitions and taking each day as it comes.

Ahh the benefits of growing up.

ps. what do you lovely people have planned for bringing in the New Year?


Mallory and Hannah said...

i really liked this.
enjoying life is a very worthy goal.

a work in progress said...

thanks for being so candid - this sure resonated with me...

i am probably staying home so i can fulfil my only family tradition. at midnight my mama always opened the back door to release the *old* year before opening the front door to let in the *new*. it doesn't work as well here in Australia - when i was a child i remember the whoosh of cold air rushing through the house feeling very cleansing...

in a similar way to you, i feel that if i don't do this i'll be trapped with the remnants of the old year. crazy huh?

wishing you an adventurous and joyful 2011 :)

Meher S B said...

Aah! I can relate. I'm always a bit low on new year's eve coz mine always sucks. Anyways, have fun in the two-zero-one-one. Happy new year.

Brandi said...

I'm just staying at home and by midnight, I'll probably be asleep (I have an early flight tomorrow morning). Honestly, I've never given much weight to New Years or resolutions. I'm letting myself mourn right now but when I get back to San Diego, it's time to start taking care of myself and doing things that I need to do to be healthy and happy. I could call that a resolution but it's one I'll keep making day after day.
Happy New Year, Kaylia!

Bonnie said...

I have never believed in New Year's resolutions. Why not take care of yourself all year? Why is it necessary to make a declaration, public or not, to do something to "better" your life? I don't understand how this notion got started, but I do not support it.

Last year, Mr. A and I had a fantastic time at one of the city's hottest clubs at one of the hottest NYE parties and were the objects of envy among everybody. It was great. This year, we are sitting at home, wearing pajamas, watching movies, and playing games. I couldn't be happier. :) New Year's Eve is what you want it to be. It doesn't mean that is how the whole year will be. Everything is what you make it.

Happy New Year!!!!


Hermione said...

I love that. Enjoy the night, and see what happens! That can go for so many things. My new years this year was unspectacular, but I'm not going to let 2011 be just that. I'm going to make it grand:D

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