it’s funny how as you grow older, the personal meaning of a holiday can change. think about what you thought of christmas or halloween growing up, a lot different now right? it’s definitely one of the signs of maturation that’s easiest to take, growing old without feeling bad. you no longer need christmas presents to feel fulfilled on christmas day, seeing friends and family is enough. halloween isn’t just all about the candy and costumes, well, scratch that, halloween is still about indulgence, just catered to a different age group.
the crazier phenomenon may be the new holidays that all of a sudden matter a heck of a lot more. like cinco de mayo or st patty’s day or memorial day. those are all now awesome ass holidays. obviously the introduction of alcohol makes you care more about mexican independence than you ever imagined before
but the holiday that has certainly jumped up in my personal rankings is new years. the combination of unbridled optimism, best friends, drinks, dress, and atmosphere is just ridiculous. there is no one day of the year where everyone, everywhere is looking forward to having as much fun as possible while being just so damn happy about it. it feels as if the whole world just bought a table in vegas and left all their baggage at home, partying on goodwill. as crazy and irresponsible as it sounds, it’s everyone focusing on midnight and taking as wild a ride as they can to get there. happiness doesn’t even begin to explain it.
and what’s crazy is that new years is undoubtedly the holiday that will change the most throughout our lifetimes. as a kid, it was obviously second banana to christmas. as a moody teenager, it’s an imbalanced holiday–too cool for family but not cool enough for the real world. and when we grow older with our own children, well there’s that responsibility thing.
so i guess what i want to say is, there’s only a finite amount of times to enjoy that perfect cocktail of partying and having fun–the way new years is currently constructed will not last forever. i guess this post is to remind me to always make time for new years–there’s nothing else like it, there’ll be nothing else like it. when december rolls around, find your friends and plan a party–it’s always worth it.
cheers, baby. happy new years. 2010.