“…And never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and auld lang syne! For auld lang syne, my dear, For auld lang syne we’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet, for auld lang syne…”
In case you’re thinking the same thing I was thinking before I Googled these lyrics (and if they’re wrong, blame Google, not me) pretty much the gist of this ole’ New Year’s stand-by is this- As we go into a new year we won’t forget old acquaintances and good times past. Instead, we’ll raise a glass, toast to them, and remember them fondly.
Oh, fond memories.
Was 2014 filled with them for you? As we ring in 2015, will you shed a tear over the beauty of the past year? Will you hug 2014 around its neck and wish it a fond farewell, wishing it could linger just a bit longer?
Or was 2014 a little bit more- um- “trying” for you? As in, you’ll be standing on your porch hollerin’ for it not to the let the door hit it on the ass on the way out. Or maybe throwing up a middle finger and screamin’ “I’m out, bitch!” once the crappiest year of your life is FINALLY relegated to history.
No matter which camp you fall into- or if you were like me and had a well-stocked tent in both-there are a few things I wanna tell you a few things as we usher out 2014 and invite 2015 into our hearts and lives.
“I wish I could say something classy and inspirational, but that just wouldn’t be our style. Pain heals, chicks dig scars, glory lasts forever. It’s been an honor sharing the field of battle with you.”
Yup, that’s a little Shane Falco from The Replacements. And it’s absolute truth. It’s been an hour sharing the field of battle with you. Thank you for hanging out with me in 2014. For encouraging me. For inspiring me. Putting up with me. For letting me into your homes and lives.
Monica: Well, I mean what about friends of your grandmother’s? Wouldn’t they have the recipe?
Phoebe: Well, y’know I may have relatives in France who would know. My grandmother said she got the recipe from her grandmother, Nesele Tolouse.
Monica: What was her name?
Phoebe: Nesele Toulouse.
Phoebe: Oh, you Americans always butcher the French language.
Monica: I cannot believe that I just spent the last two days trying to figure out the recipe and it was in my cupboard the whole time!
Phoebe: I know! You see it is stuff like this which is why you’re burning in hell!!
As Monica learned in this Friends episode, sometimes the answer is right in front of us. Sometimes we look at something for so long and for so hard that we become blind to it. And make something that’s so effing simple completely and totally complicated. And that’s okay. That’s why we have people in our lives. Our friends. Our family. Our professional organizer. The people with whom we surround ourselves give us a different perspective, a different interpretation, of life. And kick us in the ass when we need it!
“…I know your thinkin’ I must be crazy. Don’t sweat that small stuff, kiss me baby. Yeah it’s September, but with you here every night is a Happy New Year…”
Did you really think I could write a post about the new year and NOT include this kick ass Kid Rock lyric? Number one, because it’s awesome. Number two, because it’s absolutely 100% true. Yeah, today is New Year’s Eve and it feels so good to know that we literally get to start something completely new tomorrow. New year, new you, right? The truth is though, that’s complete bullshit. All the new year changes is the year! Nothing miraculous happens at the stroke of midnight. The spray cheese in our pantry doesn’t morph into granola. Candy Crush is still as addictive as meth. The only way we change our lives is to make different decisions. To make different choices. And thankfully, seriously THANKFULLY, our new year can start any time we want. January, March, September, December. Anytime we choose to start over, we can.