For some reason, evolution has given us the capability to be completely optimistic and happy or completely grumpy and depressed, but most people are on a spectrum in between. Unfortunately for those on the grumpy or depressed end, New Year's Eve comes around every single year, again and again and again. Every single December 31st, every year, and there's no escaping it.
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The pressure to have fun
Many people hate to see New Year's Eve coming, and it's true, they are probably the more misanthropic people, but after socialising all through Christmas, forcing people to party on New Year's can be a bit too much. Nobody escapes the full force of societal pressure when it is applied on December 31st by the many to the few.
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Another year. Gone, all gone, and not coming back. Sooooo depressing for us who haven't got any extra achievements under our belt for that year. When people ask us at the party what we've been doing with ourselves lately, we're forced to answer "Eating the leftover selection box chocolate, and killing the chocolate taste with crisps."
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It's horribly expensive
Christmas takes a lot out of the pocket, but very few people grumble about this, as everyone gets to eat, drink and be merry for a short week in December. But when the credit card bill arrives at the start of the month, and you're going out to a new year party with a fiver and some change in your pocket, then the temptation to dip into the current account can be too much, regretfully, too much.
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You miss old friends
Memories of past New Year's Eves remind you of all the friends you spent that night before with that you never see, and probably never will see again, for no real reason other than that you drifted apart. Old boyfriends or girlfriends, and travelling buddies that live in different countries, can pop into your head and make you a little bit sad.
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There's social networking pressure
Status updating is an apt term for social networking sites, as many people seem to just use them to boost their social status in the eyes of others. You might have had a perfectly lovely New Year's Eve celebration with a few friends in the local pub, but there's always going to be people who gleefully outshine your tame pictures of your night with artfully lit photos of the night they spent partying in a group in Vegas in a limo with a monkey wearing a denim jacket.
The obnoxious funmongers
Funmongers are those people whom nobody wants to hang out with in reality, because when they have fun, they have a weird type of manic, insincere fun. Most likely to self-label as "crazy", these people, who are either co-workers or friends of friends, have no sense of cynicism and an even more negligible sense of humour.
Anyone with a sense of logic knows that New Year's Eve is just another day. The date has no magical powers or anything like that, the world doesn't flip upside down and reset at midnight. It merely represents the change between the last day of a Gregorian calendar year and the first day of the next calendar year. For New Year grumps, the forced obligation to recognise just another Wednesday as a special fun-filled night can get irritating after a while.
There can be only one best new year's eve
Everyone has one memorable New Year's Eve, where everything is going well, you're with a special person, in a special place, having the time of your life. Well it's all downhill from there! Like the immortal Highlanders in the movies, there can be only one.
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