New Year’s Eve is quickly approaching, ladies and gents. It’s crunch time, and people are forced to choose amongst a list of bars and parties where they will be ringing in 2015. Women are panicking about not having the right outfit, men are panicking about if they have enough booze, and both (if they’re single) are panicking about the right person to kiss at midnight.
This will be my 21st New Year’s Eve celebration and could be the 21st New Year’s Eve celebration without a New Year’s kiss. And I’m okay with that. Sure, I joke about it, but do I really care? Absolutely not.
Having someone to kiss at midnight does not define you, and it does not define how your year is going to play out.
People hype up a New Year’s kiss, undoubtedly, but it can be special. Maybe this is your first New Year’s Eve together since you’ve had a child. Maybe this is your first as husband and wife. Or maybe your first since you’ve officially started dating. That is plenty of reason to celebrate and look forward to the clock striking 12. However, if you’re single, I suggest you look at the bigger picture. More often than not, single girls scrambling for that magical kiss end up drunkenly making out with some random guy who will never speak to them again. If that’s considered “magical,” I want no part of it.
No one should settle for a messy kiss from a stranger simply because they think that’s how it should be. Personally, I’d rather ring in the new year kissing the guy that I love or kissing no guy at all. New Year’s Eve is 50% about getting as drunk as possible (responsibly) and 50% about spending the night with the people you love most. If you don’t have a significant other to kiss at midnight, I suggest hugging your best friend or taking a shot with a childhood friend you might not see that often.
Have a happy new year, and don’t lose sight of what’s really important.