I like life. It’s something to do. — Ronnie Shakes
Just when you thought Christmas was over and you wouldn’t be receiving any more presents, a new post from my blog appears. Boy, are you lucky.
With the Christmas season now behind us, along with the apocalypse for that matter (which is too bad, because Armageddon would have given me some great blogging material) we begin to prepare for the New Year.
Or as I like to call it, Aw Crap.
After Christmas is over, the following six days are like one long Sunday. It’s still a time of merriment and a bit of relaxation, but come that metaphorical Monday, come Aw Crap, life returns to the generally unexciting, non-magical state.
First, of course, is the week of frenzied gift returns, where we judge the value of our friends and family on whether or not they gave their presents with gift receipts. Then comes the pathetic attempt at a New Year’s celebration, where we try to disguise our apprehensions about the impending 365 days with alcohol. And then…Aw Crap.
But January 1st does present some new opportunities. Such as another cycle of taxes. More paperwork, tests, emails you have to do and complete. The excruciating task of training yourself to write 2013 on documents instead of 2012.
Furthermore, there’s also that splendid experience of making promises, “resolutions,” that you will somehow improve yourself. Which, we all know, have the same success rate as shooting stars, double rainbows, and when you happen to glance at the clock and all the numbers are the same.
I myself, tired of others’ jubilation about the New Year, once complained to a friend that this day was nothing more than the celebration that we had avoided death for a year. Big whoop. Seven billion people also use the toilet every year. Should we applaud that, too?
However, he responded differently: The New Year is a celebration of everything positive your presence on this planet has affected in that time, everything you’ve done to change the world and make it a better place only your unique person could have achieved.
…What a buzz kill.
But I suppose, in the end, he was…is a little bit right.
So don’t look at the New Year as another twelve months of responsibility, obligations, and duties. Look at it as a chance to reflect on everything wonderful you have done and everything wonderful you still have yet to do.
And what the heck, go ahead and make that promise you’re going to eat healthier while you’re at it. The organic food market could use the three day boost in sales.
See you all in 2013!