Tuesday, January 1, 2013

New Year, New You. Or maybe just a New Start.

I love New Year’s.  Eve, Day, whatever.  I love the idea of a new year representing a new start in life, a fresh perspective, a way of doing things that is different than what you are leaving behind in the old year.

Basically, I have the same attitude about New Year’s that that prostitute on Forrest Gump declared, right before she and Lieutenant Dan got it on in his seedy apartment in front of poor ol’ Forrest and his matching prostitute who tasted like cigarettes.   

"Don’t ’cha just love New Years? You could start all over. Everybody gets a second chance."


 
I can’t find the clip but this one is close. You get the idea.
 

The last day of the year descends in a rowdy pit of excitement and crazy antics, kids hopped up on sugar and sleep-deprivation and adults on booze and laughter and loud music, and everyone over-stimulated with parties complete with funny hats and noisemakers, and Dick Clark/Ryan Seacrest and various questionably talented entertainers on the TV.  At once, the madness stops amazingly and is replaced by reflection and wistfulness of the year just passed and a sliver of optimism sparkling right over there.

Anything is possible.  Second chances, a new beginning, the relief that things can be rebooted for anyone.

Maybe you want to lose weight, exercise more, be nicer to your husband, reconnect with an old friend, send more birthday cards, save money, or take more time for yourself.

We’ve all been there, and there’s just something elevating about wanting to live a little differently than the way you’ve done it the past year.

That’s optimism, and coming from me, that’s a big deal.

And so is New Year’s.  Eve, Day, whatever.  Happy 2013.


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8 comments:

  1. I, too, love the optimism of new years and fresh starts. :-)

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    1. If only I could find a way to make that feeling last all year!

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  2. Every year I resist it. I try to tell myself to keep expectations low and not get too worked up about something that I probably won't follow through on. But it's impossible! The promise, the "maybe this time" is too difficult to ignore. I'm with you on this one, sister.

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    1. It's the idea, isn't it? No matter what, I hope things will be better. That hooker had it right.

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  3. Yep. Pressing the reset button.

    By the way, I like how you had no problem comparing yourself to a prostitute who tasted like cigarettes in a seedy motel. That's good stuff.

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  4. Anything can be a chance for a restart - new year, new month, new week... One of the great gifts of being human is to be able to decide to move forward and be just a little bit better today than we were yesterday.

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    1. So true. I need to remember that every now and then. Why give New Year's all the credit?

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