It seems to be that time again in which at least some of the different calendars used around the world come to an end. No, I don’t mean the Mayan calendar. I mean those which only have 12 months and then you have to buy a new one. People call it the “end of the year”.
I don’t need such a calendar because I can easily tell when this time approaches by the number of people who ask me “What are you going to do for New Year’s Eve?” When this question first pops up, it is exactly 2 weeks until the new year. The question then continues to be raised every day with increasing frequency, until one day it disappears and people are either hung over or get up at 0800 to go running with newly purchased running shoes. Then I know that it is the first day of the new year.
I have always hated that question “What are you going to do for New Year’s Eve?” because I failed to see what was so special about a day in the calendar. The next day would be another day, and it would be just as long, as cold or as busy as the day before. I actually often slept at midnight when everybody else was partying and burning off fireworks, because sleeping is what sensible people do at midnight.
So what am I going to do for New Year’s Eve this year? I may – depending on my workload – escape to the Baltic Sea, take the ferry to the Curonian Spit, walk 50 km through the snow in sub-zero temperatures, enjoy the nature and the expected solitude and try to fend off the wolves. If I won’t get to do it on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day, I will do it a few days later. It doesn’t matter to me which calendar we’re on and which year we’re in.
If you don’t have any plans yet, I recommend the following:
- Get a good book.
- Get a cigar or make yourself a hot chocolate.
- Spend a cosy evening at home with the items mentioned in # 1 and 2.
- Go to bed at 2200, knowing that you are one of the few really cool people who don’t care about conventions set by others.
- When people ask you what you did for New Year’s Eve, explain to them that the end of the year is a completely arbitrary time and date and that you see no reason whatsoever to have your life governed by calendars determined centuries ago or by what other people do. Make them feel guilty about blindly following the masses and explain to them that this is how genocides can happen in otherwise civilized societies.
By the way, there is also no point in making New Year’s resolutions.