The turkey is gone and the presents are unwrapped. Yes, it’s almost time to officially say goodbye to the festive season – but not before we all throw one last party! Eevee’s Hugh Anderson talks parties, traditions and New Year’s resolutions….
For a lot of people, getting horrifically drunk on New Year’s Eve is a necessity. People across the globe prepare lavish parties in order to welcome the New Year with friends and family. From personal experience, these parties normally get messy and when 12 o’clock comes knocking, everyone frantically finds their other half, or a perfect New Year stranger to lock lips with. However peculiar a tradition this may be, it is (most of the time) outrageously fun. On New Year’s Eve, everybody is generally in an ecstatic mood, and this is awesome. It is far more enjoyable to party and celebrate with those who are happy, than with those who are just getting drunk for drinking’s sake. Most would agree that New Year’s Eve is great, but the aftermath is often a lot more serious…
We frequently get bombarded with the same information at this time of the year. Most have endured, albeit happily, the Christmas period and are now looking to work off that well enjoyed festive food. Here comes New Year’s resolution number one: loose weight, get fit or live a healthy lifestyle. I’m sure we have all made this promise to ourselves at some point or another. However, it has become a rarity for this promise to last longer than mid-February. I have been wondering why this is the case? Laziness, comfort, pleasure? All plausible and often true; we, as humans, are creatures of habit. We like routine, we like comfort (for most this comes from unhealthy food and chilling) and above all we like relaxation. I understand this is not true for everyone. I myself thrive on having an active lifestyle, even though I am prone to bouts of laziness; I feel better when I’m doing things. In the immediate it may be more enjoyable to stay in, watch a movie and eat junk food. However, most know the sense of achievement after exercising in some way and the positive results this leads too. Although the action of going for a run is often tiring just in theory, and even more so in doing, the lasting effects of that run begin to build rather quickly when it becomes part of a routine.
New Year’s’ resolution number two takes form in the quitting of some nasty toxin: alcohol, cigarettes or junk food taking pole positions. The dawning of a new year often signifies the renewal of the body. As with resolution number one, resolution number two is aimed at making the body better. However, although these toxins may be fun, they often seem to provide little true comfort to those involved. For example, one may enjoy smoking, knowing full well the disastrous consequences that are all too public nowadays, yet find it nigh on impossible to quit. Yes, the substances contained within these toxins are often highly addictive, but where on earth has willpower gone? It seems that at New Year willpower burns brighter in order to change, improve and make oneself better. In exactly the same way as resolution number one, routine is the key to longevity. Chances are that after a few weeks, you won’t want the toxin that once seemed so vital. If we can overcome the turmoil produced in the first month or two as a result of a change in routine, then those New Year’s resolutions may become habit, thus making them resolutions no more.
Happy New Year to you all!