I don’t celebrate New Year’s for a few reasons…
One: I live in Reno, Nevada, which is a 24-hour party city. Casinos, bars, and strip clubs are always open, so I never am without access to crazy drunks stumbling around downtown. It’s not Vegas, but the types of people are almost the same. There is no thrill for me there anymore.
Two: My husband works in one of these casinos, so going out after he works swing shift on New Year’s sucks ass. And we get maybe an hour before he needs to go back home and sleep.
But the most important reason I don’t celebrate New Year’s is because I already see each day as a fresh start. I don’t need to party it up one day a year in order to cherish the fact that I get a chance to begin anew.
I choose to see New Year’s as just another day to experience the world. Each day is a new start for me, and that’s really liberating. Each night, I mentally leave the past day’s events behind me, and when I wake up, none of that follows me, unless I let it for whatever reason. I aim to do what we are supposed to do on New Year’s, each day.
When I leave all that shit behind me, I see everything in a new light. Colors are brighter, music is amplified, people and things appear clearer, and I can focus on the people and things that truly matter to me and my life. Rather than let previous days’ events cloud my view of the world just a bit more each and every day, I try to see everything in Technicolor. And it’s fucking beautiful in Technicolor, people.
So this New Year’s, celebrate the way you want to. Get your fresh start the way you choose, but don’t forget to celebrate the new start that you have each and every day you walk this earth, too. Maybe this will open everyone’s eyes to the beauty that is around us each day, not just the glossy version once a year.