It's that time of year again. Christmas is behind us and 2012 is coming to an end. That means two things:
1 - Time to go out and celebrate another year gone by
2 - Time to put some together some New Year's Resolutions
In my view, there are good and bad ways to handle both matters. Read on to see how I tackle them.
The New Year's Eve Party
New Year's Eve in New York City can honestly feel like more of a burden than a reason to celebrate. When you start to lay out all of your options, you realize that most of them involve spending a lot of money, waiting in long lines, or both.
I've done the bottle service thing in the past, but only out of necessity. My friends and I, young and naive as we were, assumed that buying tickets to the club meant we'd be able to get in with no problem. Not even close. We got to the club a little over an hour before midnight to find a massive line spanning around the block. Rather than wait and risk getting in after the ball dropped (and hypothermia), we threw down some cash for a bottle and got right in. The night was fun, but it's not something I'd ever want to do again.
Since learning that lesson several years back, I've committed myself to only spending New Year's Eve at house parties. Clubs cost too much and bars are way too crowded. I've gone to friends' house parties the last few years and have had a blast and will be doing the same this year.
New Year's Resolutions
They range from silly and inane to serious and profound. One thing is for sure, virtually everyone makes them.
Personally, I try to stay away from typical resolutions, like swearing to go to the gym more or to lose 10 pounds, and try instead to list out a few things I can realistically accomplish in the new year. It doesn't need to include any staggering achievements, because Lord knows they'd be the first to be dropped. I aim for things that are feasible and that I'd ideally be able to use going forward. In many ways, what is most important is that it is feasible, so you can't easily toss it by the way side.
This year, I've made a list of a few things I'd like to accomplish. Chief among them is learning to be a decent cook. While I'm not totally helpless in the kitchen, I might as well be. And, frankly, it's a little embarrassing (though I know I'm not alone amongst guys my age.)
What about you guys? How will you be spending your New Year's Eve? What sort of resolutions are you making? Aiming for a new job? Want to learn a new skill? Something totally different? Leave them in the comments.
Last but not least. Everyone have a safe, happy, and fun New Year's Eve.