I am not a lover of New Year’s Eve. In fact I would go so far as to say that it is the only holiday I truly dread. The anxiety I feel about the approach of New Year’s allows Valentine’s Day to seem manageable in comparison.
This fear was ignited within me four New Year’s Eves ago. It was a mixture of too much southern comfort of all things and not knowing where I was at in my life. I was a target for the introspective and self-deprecating powers of this one dreaded evening of the year. While some of my memories of the night are a little beyond foggy, there was photographic evidence to capture my antics.
The one photo that stands out vividly in my memory is a picture of me holding a chicken nugget defiantly in the air. A terrified smile on my face to match the red lipstick joker make up I was sporting and a look of both disillusionment and despair in my eyes. Maybe I was terrified at what was before or after me. Or maybe I was just terrified that at such a young age I would have so many more New Year’s Eves to go through. And while this was a personal experience of the holiday, I still feel New Year’s Eve is a universally terrible occasion.
Here is a mere seven reasons why New Year’s Eve is the worst thing about the festive season:
Reason One: Mortality
There is no greater holiday to remind us all how quickly time is passing. With this annual disbelief of the dawning of another new year we are reminded how as each year passes there are less and less of them awaiting us. This results in the manic sorrow drowning and the overt fake happiness of this miserable eve of the year.
Reason Two: Hangovers
The heavily alcohol based antics of New Year’s Eve always ends with the same inevitable result: a heart wrenching hangover the next day. As a result of how we celebrate New Year’s Eve, every first day of the year begins with the bad omen of a thumping head and undefeatable fatigue. There must surely be better ways to begin a new year?
Reason Three: Midnight Kisses.
I think that no matter what your relationship status is – the kissing tradition of New Year’s is an awkward thing for all. If you are a single person who has to hide away for a couple of moments while the room around you suddenly explodes into a kissing session – midnight is an evident nightmare for you. Or, conversely if you are in a relationship you have to worry about how uncomfortable your single friends are while they are left alone. Yes, New Year’s Eve has the dark powers to even turn something as agreeable as kissing into a travesty.
Reason Four: Motivated People
While many people on New Year’s Eve are still in the dually relaxed and excessive mind set of Christmas, others have flipped onto the next mind-set- the January one. While you are still amazed at yourself for actually leaving the comfort of your home at this time of year (fires, boxes of chocolates, movies), they are already scheming some massive plan of self-improvement for the New Year. As they rant on about core exercise and coconut water you begin to realise that all the indulgent fun of Christmas is coming to an end and your newsfeed is going to be awash with #New Year, New Me statuses. Yawn!
Reason Five: That smell of desperation in the air.
The incessant need to get out for New Year’s Eve which consumes us entails that it is one of those nights that throws us together with a random collection of people. People you don’t know. People who want to get to know you. For one reason only: to ensure that midnight is a little less lonely for them. Why else are they trying to get to know you so intently? What they are looking for is always clear and obvious; but mostly unwanted and unnecessary. There’s no mistletoe any more, Christmas has had its moment so leave me alone please.
Reason Six: Merriment Overdose.
At this stage in the holidays, I for one usually feel that I have had enough social time. The week prior to New Year’s Eve consists of enough limp finger food and equally limp small talk. By the time New Year’s Eve rolls around I’m no longer able to put up with the pretence. Can we not all return to our lives of Netflix and loneliness now?
Reason Seven: The unstoppable powers of New Year’s Eve.
Conclusively, while I feel the points suggested above are ample examples of why this is a holiday to be avoided – I think the worse thing about New Year’s is how it can always knock you down. Even if you were feeling emotionally fine and relatively happy about your life before you go out, by the time you come back your spirits can become significantly lowered. There is just something uncontrollable about that potent cocktail of excessive staged happiness and also the sense of introspective reflection New Year’s calls into play. It can make you feel like you have achieved little or can bring up the old scares you thought had healed during the year. The timing of this evening can bring up the misfortunes of the past and also the fears and uncertainties of the future.
All in all, it is a night in which emotions and standards run wild. This culminates into enough of a mess that no matter how annoying the phrase is, every January the second nobody can escape the need for “New Year, New Me” motivations – a further reason to hate New Year’s Eve.