What does welcoming in a “new year” mean to you?

For the most part, my New Year’s celebrations are very quiet. I usually go for a walk outside or stay in with friends. This year my friend is having this big party that my boyfriend is dragging me to, but usually, I’m not much of a fan. The concept of “celebrating” some arbitrary date on a calendar is kind of ridiculous to me for the most part. I think if people want to have a New Year’s party planning, that’s great, but I’m more content just calling it New Year’s Day and getting on with my life.

I’ve been thinking about this one a lot because I was recently asked what my plans were thing isn’t really something that ever crossed my mind. I guess it just seems like such a strange idea to me, this very arbitrary date on the calendar where we all celebrate something together and somehow feel better about the fact that we’re still alive for another year even though none of us would be around if there were no “past” to move on from.

You might be thinking, “Wait a minute. This is the end of 2021 and not 2022!” Well, I get it. As someone who didn’t grow up celebrating New Year’s Eve in any way shape or form, this whole idea seems pretty strange to me too. But here we are anyway – so let’s try and make the best of it together? What does welcoming in a “new year” mean to you?