No really, next year is tomorrow. 2014! It was 14 years ago that I was having dinner at Pheobe’s house getting ready for a James Bond marathon. We were so hoping that Y2K was really going to happen because that would be like the most exciting thing that had like ever happened. I don’t know if it’s because of Y2K but that is the first New Year’s Eve I actually remember. Her family and I were sprawled all over her basement watching movies. Pheobe and I were eating a ridiculous amount of Chips Ahoy cookies and doing crunches while we ate them. It was our idea of being health conscious. When midnight came and went I was very disappointed. So anti-climatic. Got to love 14 year old logic!
I used to dread NYE. Let’s be honest, people put way too much importance on the evening. Everyone acts like 12/31 needs to be the best night ever. “It sets the whole tone of the year!” And then everyone drinks too much, acts like an ass and has to wait 3 hours for a cab. Three years ago, I had just moved to Austin and had no plans for the big night. Luckily my roommate at the time invited me to come along with whatever his plans were. Three pretty fantastic things happened that night.
1. I started making friends. I didn’t really know the group of folks I went to the party with but there was a bunch of other people that were in the same boat as me there. I realized then what a friendly place Austin is as I wandered around meeting people. In addition, that was the first night I started clicking with the my roommate’s friends. I started to feel like I was going to be okay. I had (literally) made a good move.
2. Natalie asked me to go out the next week and split a sandwich with her. A girl date. Natalie introduced me to most of the people I know in Austin so meeting her pretty much changed my whole Austin experience! Also, she’s pretty cool.
3. This really cute boy who lives part time in Alaska kissed me. Not at midnight, when I toasted the new year with total strangers, clinking our solo cups full of champagne. Later, when we were dancing. I didn’t know it then but that night changed my life dramatically. After all, I still like him.
This is why New Year’s Eve automatically puts me in a good mood now. Besides all that, I also feel lucky to be seeing a new year. I’m sure we all know someone who we won’t be seeing in 2014 and that makes me grateful and lucky to keep going. 2014 is going to be a good one! Pheobe’s getting married, Natalie comes home from Australia, I’ll be taking a class that will be helpful to my career goals and hopefully my dad will be making a big move to Thailand (now that’s how you retire!).
Come on 2014! I’m ready! Happy New Year everyone!