Kicking the old year into the new

i don’t quite get New Year, hearing people’s “goodbye” to an abstract stretch of moments & welcoming new time like a new pair of underwear. It always saddens me how we take time for granted, so much so that we celebrate the death of it. i don’t make resolutions, because i am always resolving to do something whether over a short or long period; i am not overweight so i can’t make that a goal, neither do i have any bad habits; neither does unwavering happiness interest me as the spectrum of emotion makes me more human & fuels how i observe— i get nothing much from the partitioning of time, nor of the celebration of it “exit”.

& on that bum note, i would however like to say that i hope in this new year, the poets & writers i divest a good chunk of my reading time to, continue to produce exceptional poems & writing. You know who you are. & know that, your reading compels me to be constantly inventive & to constantly produce, keeps my mind ticking over, never remaining stationary long enough to gather mold. Thank you & here’s to a healthy continuation of our relationships.

8 thoughts on “Kicking the old year into the new

  1. The celebration of and sorrow over time is pain related. How happy or sad one is over the end of 2017 is a measurement of existential status. So I guess most people go about New Year’s Eve in some state related to the relief or foreboding of pain… or else the very evening itself is a chance to forget everything for a few hours and get really drunk!

    1. I do miss a drink with friends. English people use New Year as an excuse to talk big, until a week into January & they return to their usual selves. I don’t blame them, England is a pretty secure place to live.

      1. New Year’s Resolutions are just a tradition for the average person. I think only I and a few others set actual goals at this time rather than a resolution, which has no power, time, structure, and detail behind it.

        Happy New Year to you and your family, and I hope 2018 is filled with everything you like in life! 🙂

  2. I think what we celebrate is not a series, nor a linear movement, but a cycle and an ever-present-ness. I like to celebrate the importance (to me) of a new instant, and although a change from a ‘7’ to an ‘8’ seems so damn linear, it is (to me) a mark of its newness. I know we locate time spatially – somehow we can’t help it – but what time actually is constantly kicks us up the bum! Whatever, have a good, new year…

    1. i don’t really begrudge, i just think we have an odd relationship with time & the big guns like our birthdays & New Year where we kind of get to gauge our time done & time remaining & i can’t help but think life just might flow better without these marking points. But hope, i can’t really quarrel with, even though i sort of want to, if only because, especially in England, it seems so shallow.

    1. Fingers crossed. i dislike this time of year & i get no influx of ideas, as i am just thinking about home & i still haven’t really discovered how to write about home, without just shaking my head in disbelief at how i can write so badly. i do feel a pull to write about England, but the question is, how?

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