New Year’s is Overrated

New Year’s is Overrated

Happy New YearEvery New Year’s there is an explosion of articles, posts and editorials that either highlight the past year or give us 20 rules for this or 30 ways to make the New Year so successful. This type of looking back and forward on New Years Day probably began with Janus, the Roman god for which January was named. Janus had two faces: one that looked backward into the past and one that looked forward into the future.

Hence, we have lists about the ten greatest events of the past year or the ten greatest sports plays of last year or the ten biggest mistakes of last year. By the same token, I have received dozens of emails with the 10, 20 or 30 goals for the coming year or the things to ways to make more money or the greatest blog posts of the year.

I don’t know about you but we’re only several days into the New Year and I’m tired of all of the information and advice. Enough already! I know which movies I liked in the past year, what celebrities died or got married/divorced  or had children. It’s a case of useless information overload.

While I’m at it, I love watching football but there are way too many games around New Years Day. Who could watch them all or even follow them on ESPN, Fox or ABC? After awhile, they all seem to blend together. The college games are followed by the NFL games right into February.

To get back to New Years, as I’ve gotten older it’s become just another day for me. I can’t remember the last time that I stayed up until midnight. I Janus statuenever really was much for New Years celebrating. In all of the years that I lived in the New York metro area, I never once went to Times Square. Native New Yorkers think that only out-of-towners do that. We stay home and watch the ball drop on television.

Does this all mean that I’m as exciting as flat beer or are most Americans like me? Are New Years celebrations an invention of the media and those people who make the funny hat and noise makers? What’s so special about the turning of the year?

More importantly, what’s with the organized program of New Years resolutions? Isn’t it good enough to form and follow habits all year long rather than just at the beginning of the year. Is a resolution to lose weight or eat healthier or treat you spouse nicely that is made in June any less than one made in January?

On the whole, New Year’s is overrated. Try making every day important not just one day of the year.

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