There’s a lot of pressure around New Year’s Eve. Everyone is supposed to go out and have a ton of fun saying goodbye to one year and welcoming another. And it’s the one holiday that everyone celebrates.
But I’ve been thinking that maybe I won’t celebrate it this year. For the first time, I was invited to any parties. Plenty of friends have suggested getting together, but it would just be the friend, their spouse, and me hanging out. While I love hanging out with friends in a casual way, especially on New Year’s Eve, the idea of hanging out with a couple really doesn’t appeal. I do that all year long. I won’t want to do it again on New Year’s Eve. Besides, it would feel like any other night except we would stay up later and watch the ball drop on tv, and then I’d be extra tired the next day. What’s so great about that?
2013 was a rough year, and most of it was health-related. I’m hoping 2014 will be better, but who knows? Either way, I feel no need to celebrate the last year. Watching a movie and eating popcorn, then going to bed at a reasonable hour actually has some appeal. In other years, I felt like something wrong, like I was a loser, if I didn’t have plans by mid-December. This year, I’m avoiding plans. Like I said, I’ve had some invitations, but I just don’t know that I want to go out at all.
It’s 3 days away. I don’t know what I’ll end up doing. But I know that if I stay home it will be my choice. Either way, I’ll be hoping for a better year to come, one with better health for us all. It may not be perfect, but I sure hope it’s better.
I never cared one way or the other about New Year’s Eve…never really saw the point of welcoming in a new year. Guess maybe I’m a little cynical…figured the whole calendar thing was pretty arbitrary. And yeah, 2013 wasn’t the best year for me either…totally health related…here’s hoping 2014 finds both of us doing better, feeling better, living better.
I was always the opposite. Sure, the calendar is arbitrary, but it was a great reminder to think about all of the wonderful things that had happened during the year and all of the things I was hoping for in the coming year. But I guess I can do that at 9pm alone just as well as I can at midnight with others. I hope that your health improves in 2014, too!!
Hopefully, 2014 will be better for all of us, health-wise. Personally, I’ll be asleep by10:00 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.
That sounds like a nice plan, CM. Enjoy!