Last night at around 12:35 I thought to myself ” 2012 is the best year ever! All I’ve done all year is drink Champagne, eat cake, and watch black and white movies!”. A bit tongue in cheek? Yes. Quite Champagne induced? Oh yes. But it was also technically true, and that is what I love about New Year’s Eve, everything is still perfect and lovely and we haven’t had any time for mishaps or blunders.
On New Year’s Day I always remember a book I read as a little girl about a boy who finds out that whatever happens on New Year’s Day sets the tone for the whole year so you had better do all of your favorite things and make sure everything turns out just right. He actually has a horrible time of it the entire day (what can I say, European children’s books don’t shy away from telling little kids that sometimes life sucks), and I don’t remember the ending. But I always thought what if that was actually the case? If the whole rest of the year was determined by what things were like today, what would I want that to look like?
I try to live each January 1st as if that book was true (so far so good, there’s already a half empty bottle of wine and the house is crazy clean), but this year I’ve decided to do my best to live each day that way. When people tell me to live each day as if it were my last I don’t think they realize my last day would consist of drinking gin, eating nothing but steak and dessert, and not wearing sunscreen. And we know that won’t do as a life philosophy. But I think asking myself, “would you want things the way they are today for the rest of the year?” just might work.
Here’s to an amazing 2012, I hope each and every one of you have a very happy and successful year! Thank you for sharing this space with me every day, I appreciate you all more than you’ll ever know. I hope to spend many more happy moments with you, celebrating every day as if it were New Year’s Day!