As far as the partying goes, to me New Year's Eve is just another night minus tights add cold wind. Every year is hyped up and then always a disappointment of some sort, typically weather related. With that being the trend, I have decided to no longer hype up any night. All weekend nights are lame and full of male predators until proven otherwise. Usually I am proven wrong and in turn end the night with a big cheesy grin plastered on my face until I fall asleep.
I cringe a little when I hear talk of outrageous NYE resolutions because I am a pessimist and have little faith in people's words and a lot of faith in their laziness. For those of you who have successfully completed last years resolution(s), congratulations - and slap me in the face! In fact, I would love to regain conviction in the general publics ability to stick with goals that require the start date of January 1st. My outlook on this is largely due to the fact that I don't believe I would stick with a typical year long resolution that is so contrasted to who I am or what I am doing currently. I tend to really REALLY try to stick to my word, so I set realistic goals that don't go "public" until I know I can and will be on my way to achieving them. When people throw out these theoretical new year lifestyles, I can't help but roll my eyes knowing they are frivolously lying to themselves and they don't even realize it yet. After years of sitting on the couch pigging out you're suddenly going to hit the gym 6 days a week and cut out pizza? But only after January 1st sadly comes? People, come on. You're setting yourself up for failure and how is that motivating? I believe in realistic determination and goals, so if you are one to always set a New Year's resolution and then come next year you realize you failed, be more conscious of who you are. Don't completely stop doing the things you love, but set goals that can be achieved instead. The more you say and don't put into action, the less likely you are to stick with future goals and the harder you will be on yourself. And the more you say you will do things and then don't, the less I take you seriously. The less anyone takes you seriously. I don't mean to be a Debbie Downer, but I really get sad when people consistently flake or quit.
I hope you all do make pragmatic goals, and I give a big high five to those who stick with what they say. Realistically in 2012 I hope to travel a lot, continue my work out regimen, and read more Edward Abbey. Off to a month long vacation of deserts and oceans and road tripping. Peace out, I will be updating this as I go.
Edit: I feel as though I have made everyone believe that I think they should not make ANY resolutions - that resolutions are stupid. This is not the case, you should ALWAYS try to make goals and better yourself. I'm not that much of a pessimist. ;-)