Tonight I will slap on a party dress. Tonight I will deploy my arsenal of hair styling products and glitter compacts. Tonight I will chug my way through a bottle of cheapish vodka with good friends. Tonight I will attempt to look cool while dancing like a jackass. Tonight I will bum cigarettes from my best friend even though I’m resolving to quit. Tonight I will countdown to midnight, cheering even though I think time is just a construction of our conscious mind. (Ask me about this when I’m drunk, I have a lot to say on the subject.) Because somehow tonight is special, even though it’s really just another night I go out and get drunk.
But people like the idea of starting over, of getting that clean slate for all the shitty things we did over the last 12 months. So tonight let’s celebrate the notion of new beginnings, fresh starts and open minds. Cheers to possibilities.
After all, winter is classically the time of quiet reflection, the perfect opportunity for thoughtful contemplation, reevaluation and goal-setting. Sit, be still for a minute. Shut off the goddamn iPhone. Even five minutes sitting peacefully can shift your perspective. And if you really want to kick the new year off in yogic style, there will be a worldwide peace meditation at 11:11 am New Year’s Day during your local time zone. I’ll be hungover as hell, but I’ll be sitting on the floor meditating. (Most likely in the party dress from last night.) Why not attempt to be a kinder, more compassionate and self-aware person in two-thousand zen?
Two-thousand zen offers us the idea that we can be better people than we were in two-thousand wine, which gives us the solid realization that we can change.