The Great New Year’s Eve Complex

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Nothing gets me into the holiday spirit like the Chrismukkah episode of the The O.C. Of course since it’s one of my all time favorite shows, breaking out this one festive episode almost always leads to binge watching all the way through Chismukkah if season two. Another seasonal episode I love watch and to hate is “The Countdown”. This New Year’s Eve episode imparted wisdom that would haunt me for years to come. The theme of the episode…”the way you spend your New Years is how you’re going to spend the rest of your year.”

Wait what!?! Who the hell decided that?? Thanks for that gem! This leads me to ponder oh so many terrifying questions! These words have literally haunted me since I was 14…ten years later I now have a slightly tighter grasp on reality. But I’m still left with a few grappling questions!

How literally are we supposed to take this? I mean is it symbolic? I’m not
Going to spend my entire year like I spent my New Years, literally. I mean as much as I would love to spend a year going to parties, wearing a sequined dress and way too much glitter eye liner while constantly popping champagne…that’s just not realistic.

Are you supposed to take it situationally?? Like for example…if someone spends NYE fighting with their significant other, does that mean their relationship is facing impending doom in the upcoming year? Or if they share a romantic kiss at midnight their destined for a year of romance? Or what if you’re the drunk single girl
At the bar and you find yourself lip locking with a random when the clock strokes 12…is your fate to be the slutty single girl for yet another year?! Say it ain’t so!

If this is true what’s the point of New Years resolutions anyway?? So much for the whole fresh start concept! You better set down that crab cake and pick up a carrot stick at the party because if your resolution is weight loss if you wait till the first to turn over that new leaf you’ll be screwed. In fact you probably should have started your resolution like two weeks ago.

In the past ten years I’ve time and time again proved this theory wrong. In fact from one year to the next I went from being a drunk single college girl on New Years, to a classy woman clinking champagne glasses and sharing a kiss with my boyfriend at midnight…the only think that those NYE had in common was the excessive amount of sequins I will never be too old to sport.

No matter how old I get or how many times I prove the theory to be false the words of Summer Roberts will always linger in the back of my mind…(paraphrased anyway…I love the show but I don’t have every line memorized) “Coop you can’t stay in! How you spend your New Years is how you’re going to spend the rest of the year!!” Dear Summer Thank you for inflicting this paralyzing New Year’s Eve complex on millions of girls that will take years of intense therapy to shake! And on that optimistic note…cheers to a fabulous new year!

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