What’s the big hype about New Year’s Eve anyways?

Normally I try to steer away from writing about commercialized items or holidays, but something about going into the new year really irks me.

Nowadays, I find that the true meaning of many holidays are often confused with its commercialized meaning. For instance, Christmas is a time for love and being with family. However, we can often get wrapped up in the concept of buying gifts. I am guilty of this just as much as the rest.

Note: For those of you who are religious, it can argued that Christmas should be focused on the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

My point behind this is that Christmas is just one of the many holidays that is commercialized for buying things rather than what actually matters.

How does New Year’s Eve fit into this argument?

Multiple things will spring into my mind when I think of New Year’s Eve.

First, I need to make myself a list of resolutions.

Second, I need to stop being a loner and attempt to make plans with friends for the night.

Lastly, I need to reflect on all that I have done in the past year and what I want to do next.

I often get so wrapped in trying to make fun plans for myself and celebrate, that I don’t take the time to truly reflect on what I want in the future for multiple days after.

The few New Year’s Eve nights that I have spent alone allowed me to be productive and truly give my mind the time to think about what I want versus what I need.

I’m not saying that celebrating with your friends and family is bad. However, it is not a terrible idea to spend some time to yourself on this night.

A challenge to my readers…

I dare you to spend at least thirty minutes by yourself tonight. Do not think about partying or the stress of work. Think for yourself and the lifelong goals you still want to accomplish. Remember to cherish what you have and work for not only what you want, but what you need for happiness.

I can imagine that most of you reading my columns are over the age of twenty. I’d like you to know that just because you are busy adulting, that doesn’t mean you can’t do something crazy or weird like you use to do as a child or teenager.

If you would like to be spontaneous and dye your hair blue. Dye your hair blue.

One last tip of advice: If you truly want to do something, do not wait until tomorrow or next week to get it done. Start it now and you will feel more accomplished!

New Year. New hope. New beginnings. 

It’s time for action. 

Happy New Year!


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