"Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and auld lang syne?"
When I was in grade school I greatly disliked New Year's Eve. It meant the winter school break was almost at an end. It meant you would spend New Year's Day helping your Dad pack up all the Christmas decorations. Fast forward a few years and you spend New Year's Eve eating Totino's Pizza Rolls, drinking sparkling grape juice with your parents while watching Dick Clark in Time Square celebrate on television. "Rockin' Eve", whatever. A few more years pass and you start celebrating the New Year with druken lovers and friends at bars or throwing up on your shoes in a strangers backyard. As more time passes you reluctantly ring in the New Year at parties you never wanted to attend with fancy h'orderves, drinking glasses of champange and wondering who you will kiss at midnight. Then as more time passes you share the evening with family and friends. No plans, no big deal. How many people fall asleep before the clock strikes twelve? Wherever you are and whoever you are with this evening remember you DO have a reason to celebrate. Look around you. New Year's Eve is a time to reflect and a time to rejoice. Think fondly of those who have left us and be gentle and kind to those who believe they have nothing to celebrate. Raise your glass to those who love you and make you stronger. Raise a glass to those who don't know us or even care to know us. Their loss. Make so many toasts before midnight you can't help but be grateful to everyone. "I love you, man!", all around and I'll buy the next round. Make a toast and a choice to make every moment of every year a chance to celebrate and appreciate what you have. You do.