When the clock strikes midnight and we’ve traveled once more around the sun your mind will inevitably be drawn to the future. Your goals, hopes, and far-fetched dreams, all bubbling and marinating, mixing with your alcohol fueled high of just being in the moment. Yeah, maybe that’s an exaggeration. Let me start over.
New Year’s Eve is a slog of performative excitement colliding with the reality of over-expectation. It’s a microcosm of the fits and starts, challenges and false expectations we’ll encounter throughout the year. A time when everything won’t be solved or be renewed with the stroke of a clock or a sip of champagne or even the kiss from someone you love.
But consider this, in the final moments of the year, when the countdown is drawing to a close or you’re nestled in your bed, foregoing all pretense: strive to be a better person to others. We can all come up with fabulous resolutions and promise ourselves things we have no intention of keeping. Instead, say no to all that nonsense, and focus on the one thing that has real currency in your daily life. Everyone around is just as tired, miserable, aching, sad, and fed up with things they can’t control, and all you can do is treat them they way you’d love to be treated. Have some empathy. Step outside your own head for as long as you can. We are surrounded by creeping cynicism and belligerent attitudes, and it’s up to you to be the better, even best person. I mostly fail at this, but it’s something worth trying to perfect Happy New Year.