Happy New Year!!!

Last year, I spent New Year’s Eve at church, and had such a great time that I decided to do the same this New Year’s Eve. People that know the pain of few praise and worship songs during Sunday services understand the struggle. The only thing that changed was the location. If you have been to Watoto Downtown for any reason, you know that the place gets packed hours before the event begins. The emotional trauma of holding my bag to my chest the entire time and suspiciously looking at everyone was simply not worth it which is why I decided to go to Watoto North (Kisaasi) this time. That is probably the best decision I have made all week.

I love the vibe that comes with a new year. May be it is something to do with the fact that it doesn’t have discriminations that come with income, level of education, religion, tribe, you name it. It’s everyone’s event, ergo everyone is trying determined to have a good time.

Many people are against the ‘New Year, New Me’ mantra but personally I love it. That’s what the New Year does. It changes attitudes. Regardless of how terrible a year one had the previous year, there is a positive vibe in the air that not many things can ruin, not even the Jan-you-worry reality usually messes with this vibe – which is probably why you’ll find people using the ‘Happy New Year’ greeting as far into the year as March/April just in time for Easter.

I am one of those people that mentally reply, ‘What’s so good about the morning/afternoon/evening?’ when someone sends a ‘good morning/afternoon/evening’ my way. In my defense, there are times when I truly see nothing good in the situation, hence the question. However, the New Year vibe has opened my eyes to something that was right in front of me the entire time – the attitude.

That energy that has you writing out resolutions for the New Year because you are hopeful that they will be achieved, regardless of what happened last year. The surety of a birthday during the year (which is the only official day that you own, me thinks). The possibilities that lay in wait for you that year; that your unemployment status will end, that your single status shall turn into waving the rock on the ring on your finger to anyone that cares, that you will travel further than your mind has let you dream, that you will find your financial breakthrough, that you will study higher than you have ever imagined, that that promotion will call your name, I could really go on and on.

And that’s what ‘Happy New Year’ should mean to you, a chance to live your best life. So for every one that you receive, no matter how long into the year, smile because this is your journey to a happy New Year.


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