Writing Prompt: Happy New Year?

It’s 4:16pm on the last day of the year and I’m still at the office. Everyone with any sense has gone home to get ready for whatever festivities they have planned for tonight. Yes, I’m going out too, just not until later. However, as I sit here I wonder, what’s all the fuss about? The Earth made it once more around the sun, but what’s changed?

When I look out the window, the streets are closed off for the Edinburgh street party.  I’ll be there later, trying to avoid scary drunk men in kilts.

Aside from the office being quiet and getting more sleep than usual, I feel nothing during this time of year, but the impatience that comes with waiting for something extraordinary to happen when the clock strikes twelve.  It’s dark outside and the lights above the castle are lit.

I’ve spoken to a few friends this past 48 hours and there is a universal sense of anticlimax about the New Year’s festivities. Is that a sign of age or a symptom of a disillusioned society? No one has said anything optimistic or shared any goals for the new year with me, they just want the year to be over…I have a list of things I want to do, but that list never changes, only reaches certain degrees of completion as the years go by.

I don’t mean to sound so miserable, but I keep hearing people say that they can’t wait for the New Year to start. Are they going to be different people when it’s the 1st of January? Will their circumstances have changed from one day to the next just because it’s 2009 instead of 2008? I somehow doubt it, yet people have a tendency to put goalposts and deadlines on the start of a new year. If you really want to change something, what difference does it make whether it’s the 1st of Jan or the 18th of June? Just bloody get on with it.

I’m the same, and I know it. I have endless lists of things I want to do before I hit mid-30’s as if I’ll have failed in life if I don’t beat the clock. The thing to remember is that its about getting it done, moving forward, staying inspired every day, regardless of the date. I know it’s hard to stay focused, that putting something off until you hit a nice round number you like or a date or a time is easier, but that mentality leads to stagnation.

So, what am I trying to say? I guess that I hope everyone has a nice time tonight, but New Year’s Eve shouldn’t be an excuse to celebrate, to wipe the slate clean and start again. That should be every day. Have fun and do stuff that makes you happy regardless of what the calendar says…

Writing Prompt: Happy New Year

Thought: Me, without you…

A friend of mine said to me the other night, “You know how they say that you can’t choose your relatives, but you can choose your friends? Well…that’s bollocks.” I was startled at first, but then I realised the truth in what he said. When I think back to some of the close friends I’ve had over the years, I find that I never had a choice in the matter. We met, we gelled, we became friends, we discovered all the things we don’t like about each other, and here we still are. I might love some people, but on occasion, I don’t like them. You could argue that you could walk away, but I could no sooner give up on the emotional investment I’ve put into a friend than that of a relative. The true friends are there for better or for worse, and I for one, would not have it otherwise.

I can’t say I’ve ever looked at someone from a distance and thought, I think I’ll be friends with you, and you, and you, hmmm…not you…you, etc. Like most relationships, the good ones always seem to just happen, catching us off guard and by the time you realise that it’s going to take some effort to keep the momentum going, its too late. You’re in it…that’s actually a nice kind of punch in the gut when you realise you don’t want to do without someone. I have some friends in my life that have been there so long and we know each other so well, we don’t even bother being polite to each other anymore – is that a symptom of the inflexibility that comes with age?

Pause for a moment and think about the random and unexpected ways you’ve met people. Did you ever actually have a moment of realisation that you were friends? I’ll bet that in most cases, it just crept up on you…Is there anyone in your life that you just wouldn’t want to do without, despite having some pretty huge faults? (bearing in mind that your friends are dealing with a ball of imperfections in you as well, kind of nice huh?)

Pardon my rambling today, it’s the last day of the year and my mind is wandering…

Quote for the day

One of the things that draws writers to writing is that they can get things right that they got wrong in real life by writing about them. 

– Tobias Wolff

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