It’s currently 11:14 PM on December 31, 2016 here in Rio De Janeiro. I’m currently sprawled on a brightly-colored plastic lounge chair in the International Terminal of the Rio airport, awaiting the boarding call for our connecting flight to Miami. In just a little while, it’ll be 2017, which obviously means that soOoOoOo much is going to change! Hehe, just kidding. (Read “Pre-New Year’s Eve Ending,” the CiC post I wrote freshman year about the arbitrariness of New Years here.)
While I might not expect the world to flip turn upside down when the clock strikes midnight, I do of course recognize that there is great beauty in a) the entire world coming together to celebrate a single holiday, regardless of race, ethnicity, culture, nationality, religion, or any other identity marker that would normally tend to divide, and b) the fact that this holiday challenges people to become better versions of themselves.
If only every night could be New Years. We could call it New Day.
there is something to be said about fresh starts and the way the world resets itself every December thirty first – as though we’ve all in our own way made the collective decision to shift energy and enter life’s circumstances with a new vigor and ambition that wasn’t there before.
“Happy New Day!” the world would say, each in the words of our own beautiful languages. We’d ask, “What’s your New Day’s resolution?” and every morning, we’d push ourselves to become better versions of the us we were meant to be.
to leave the tiredness that had rolled around in those final months at the door step and scuffle on into a space that is inviting us to paint it with new life.
We would gather every night near 10 PM for delicious food and drink, and at 11:59 PM, we’d count down the seconds to the brand new day that awaits on the other side of midnight. We’d do this, Dear Reader, every single day, celebrating the blessing that is the coming of each and every day, and every night we would fill our lives with love and life and betterment.
indeed, we are the artists of the empty space – lets make them beautiful. –Lauren Delisle
I think the New Years resolutions we choose for ourselves reflect the challenges we’re facing at the current moment. I wouldn’t know to resolve to be a more patient person if I wasn’t currently facing a situation that was testing my patience. Right now, I personally am resolving to be a harder worker, and to let people love and be loved at their own pace. (Go ahead and read into that however you will. 😉 )
But in my opinion, there’s one New Year’s resolution that ought to be on all of our lists, despite our self-focused inclinations.
It applies regardless of unique life situation—It’s the resolution to expose ourselves more to competing mindsets in an effort to understand how the ‘other’ thinks.
We all experience opposing forces in our lives—people, nations, ideologies. What would our world look like if we all resolved to listen to them? To really try to understand them? Like, really, really try?
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Coming at u live from a deceivingly uncomfortable lounge chair at gate 53 of the Rio airport–just wanted to say happy new year to all yous beautiful peopls. In this new year, pls keep striving to listen to each other, to understand each other, and to identify and challenge your prejudices. Patience and the desire to learn is the ultimate powerhouse combo, so text someone u care about tonight, give urself a lil hug, and remember not to fuq the h8rs, but to luv & pardon them. Luv u guys so much. Feliz ano novo!!💫✨💫
It just turned to 2017, Dear Reader. Happy New Year! The dull popping sound of fireworks can be heard in the distance… I can see their red and yellow flares sparkle across the nighttime horizon. I wish you were here to see it with me. What do you think of my claim, DR? Can there be one universal New Years resolution? Are New Years resolutions as celebrated where you live? What do you think about 2016? Hopes for the future?
In 2016, the CiC YouTube page jumped from 1,296 subscribers to 9,633!
Last year, 24,284 people visited cathincollege.com 119,898 times. This year, 82,343 people visited 405,180 times!!
This year, CiC merchandise was created and sold at the Stanford mother f*cking Student Store. (You can still buy some online at store.stanford.edu!)
Thank you, thank you, thank you, from the bottom of my heart for being a part of the CiC community. This is the way you make me feel:
We’re about to board the plane now. Here’s to a more loving, more prosperous, more hardworking 2017 🙂 I’ll see you on the other side!
Hugs to Lauren for the oober-beautiful Instagram caption that helped move this post along. She’s an incredible life-living artist. You can check out her Instagram here.