My mom has all kinds of pseudo-new age wisdom, based on spirituality and life experiences that I almost always take for granted until I’m slapped in the face with its profoundness at 11:45 pm in the Rosauers’ check out line as I’m buying a meat stick and an orange. But preemptively I’ve been thinking about what I’m going to be doing New Year’s Day because for the past few years I’ve been haunted by what she told me several years ago on a NYE: “Whatever you’re doing on New Year’s Day, you’ll be doing all year long.” She does not mean this explicitly. If I sleep all day on January first, I will not sleep through every day all year long BUT I might be lazy. I dunno. I don’t have aspirations to do anything writerly on this day but I do want to do something that makes me happy, which includes writing but also includes sleeping late and making breakfast with my boyfriend, TJ. Maybe my mother is making me superstitious but I thought about how I used to feel on New Year’s Day and it was a lot like this:
This year I’d like to keep my drinking to a minimum and wake up respectably early, drink a cup of coffee, maybe take a hike with Teej and enjoy a whole day off from work together. I hope you, fellow Barkers and Readers, will take the time to do the things that make you happy on the first day of the new year and it will carry you to December 2012. Just know, my mother is never wrong. Happy New Year!