“Good parties create a temporary youthfulness.” – Mason Cooley
Well kids, we survived the Mayan Apocalypse and it’s time to march on in to 2013. I love New Year’s Eve; it’s my favourite day of the year, always has been. There’s just something about the excitement of changing one little number on our calendars that is really cool. But it’s more than that, and I know exactly what it is.
That’s right, magic. New Year’s Eve has always been magical to me and I blame the movies. Movies would have us believe that at the stroke of midnight, everything becomes awesome. The bad guy gets his just deserts, the dweeby kid gets the girl and for that split second, that tiny moment in time, everything is right in the world.
And damn it, I like that magic!
That expectation that everything is going to be all right at the stroke of midnight, even if that magic is only fleeting and we realise, through the blurry haze of hungover eyes on New Year’s Day, that nothing has really changed and it’s business as usual.
Something I have always had a fascination with is New Year’s Resolutions. I’ll be honest – every year I set out to make New Year’s Resolutions, sometimes I make a couple that are generally pretty easy and I knock them off in a day or two, or I just forget and don’t make any!
But not this year. I’m going to make a couple right here, right now and see if I can complete them through the course of the year. Who knows, this might be an interesting little exercise.
And now, in no particular order, Swanky’s 2013 New Year’s Resolution List:
- Quit Smoking. (They say quitting smoking is one of the hardest things you can do, but since I don’t smoke, I should be able to uphold this resolution pretty easily)
- Get my motorcycle license. (Not sure if it’s a mid-mid-life crisis or just because it’s cool. I’ve always wanted one, and this year it’s going to happen)
- Get fit. (Yeah I know, everyone says this one or the lose weight one, but I kind of already started, just going to take it to the next level)
- Take more selfies with greater emphasis on “duck faces”. (OK, maybe I’m going too far now!)
So it’s a small list, but that should make it easier to complete right? Only time will tell, I guess.
The other thing I love about NYE is counting backwards from 10. Sure, you can do this any time, but knowing that billions of people are doing this at the same time as you is something cool in itself when you think about it. But I really love counting down from 10 surrounded by friends and family. There’s that one small moment again, where everybody hugs everybody, the guys shake each others hands and they wish the best for the coming year to each other. For one small moment the world is at peace. It’s really a magical moment. Just think about it.
So on NYE I’m going to be throwing some snags on the barbie, drinking my favourite beers (ice cold straight out of the esky), i’m going to tell bad jokes, have a great time and then at 11:59 and 50 seconds that evening, I’m going to count down from 10, scream “HAPPY NEW YEAR!”, shake some hands and hug some people, and give the missus a nice big kiss. Then I’ll probably have one more cold beer to ring in the New Year properly, and if all goes well, I’ll be in bed asleep by 12:10am!
What can I say? I’m getting old!
I love NYE and I hope you do too. Why not jump on to the Classic Westley Facebook Page or use the comments section below to tell us what you’re doing for New Years Eve and maybe your New Year’s Resolutions.
Whatever your plans, as always be safe, please don’t drink and drive but most of all, ENJOY!
See you all next year.
Happy New Year everyone!