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In the defense of New Years

I’ve seen some things around the Internet of people being negative towards the holiday of New Years.

Granted, I can understand their cynicism towards a made-up celebration making promises you probably won’t keep. But I believe there is more to New Years than buying a gym membership you’ll never use.

Have you ever noticed there are more holidays in winter than in summer? I believe most holidays were set in winter as a pick-me-up from the cold, depressing months, which many of us need. In summer, it’s a little easier to be happy when we have a warm sun hugging our faces.These holidays involve food, family, and friends, with warm themes of appreciation. I believe they are meant to bring people together and out of their hiding holes to create their own warmth since the sun is further away. But New Years is a little different.

See, on New Years, you’re allowed to be a little selfish. It’s a time dedicated to reflect on how you have been living your life. What kind of physical or mental changes to habits or mindsets can you make in order to be happier or a more well-rounded person?

Coming up with a plan for the year helps me see how the year is going to unfold. I set goals, both big and small, and works towards achieving them. Of course, not every goal will be met, but there’s always next year. Thinking about who you are and what you want are great ways to find room for progression in your life.

Also, what better way to be happy than to think of all the good things that happened in the past year? New Years is our excuse to boast about our accomplishments in a positive way. Celebrating the New Year is commemorating all we have accomplished and allowing ourselves to set sights on striving for more.

Some people argue that New Years is a scapegoat for people to be lazy with bettering their lives. They say changes can be made during any point during the year. And this is true. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have a day set aside every year for it.  We have national pancake day, yet I can eat pancakes whenever I want. Your life is yours. You can change it anytime you please. News Years allows us to share those plans without sounding whiny or arrogant.

Another problem people have with New Years in the “new year, new you” mantra. Honestly, I don’t see a problem with it other than the fact it’s overused. People use it to mean they are going to make positive changes for themselves. What’s wrong with that? Even if these changes seem superficial, such as a haircut or style alteration, they are still ways for people to begin feeling confident with themselves. And I see no problem there.

So, in the defense of New Years, go ahead and bring out the planner. Organize yourself for the upcoming year. Don’t be afraid to count back from ten and welcome another three hundred and sixty five days of the new you.

Have any resolutions or goals you plan to tackle this year? Watch for my next post where I talk about my goals for the year.

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