New Beginnings For A New Year

The New Year may be an important event for a lot of people. It’s a time for fireworks, noise-makers, incredible dinners, all-night parties and for leaving behind all the bad karma of the past year.


The New Year can be an inspiration to some. A new beginning, a fresh start, a time for change. Hence the New Year's Resolution!


Wikipedia’s defines A New Year's resolution as a commitment that an individual makes to a project or the reforming of a habit, often a lifestyle change that is generally interpreted as advantageous.


We make them, and even though most of these resolutions are achievable, more than a few of them are frequently forgotten or broken. Our New Years are filled with those commitments that we just can't seem to keep.


I have to admit that I do make the same resolution year after year. I basically promise to myself that I will continue to try and keep whatever sanity I still have in what I consider to be an already insane life.


Do You or Don't You?

Do you make a resolution each New Years? Most importantly - do you keep it?

  • Yes, I make one each year and always follow through.
  • Yes, I usually make one but never keep it.
  • Nah - I never make one. What's the point?
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Here are some of the most popular (and broken) New Years Resolutions

Slimming down/Getting into shape:

This is one of the most popular New Years Resolutions made around the world. Millions of men and women make the promise to lose some weight right after the New Year festivities are over. They want to look better and feel better. Approximately 10 percent of people who make the resolution actually follow through.

Becoming More Organized:

This is also another popular New Year's Day resolution. We would all like to be able to keep office and home cleaner. It sure would be easier to find things that way. After a while though, being extra neat becomes somewhat of a drag.

Giving up Smoking and/or Drinking:

This is probably THE most popular New Year Resolution made! Though several people will succeed in keeping this promise, most others will fail. The goal behind this resolution is to lose those bad habits and start the new year off with better, healthier habits.

Getting / Changing a Job:

Although it’s probably not the best time for this type of resolution, a lot of people will resolve to find a better job, new career or even start their own business.

Finding a Significant Other:

No one wants to be alone (well, most people at least). Finding a significant other is a common New Year's Day resolution of those who are single and ready to find that special someone. Especially after a year of dating losers!

Although many people fail to keep their resolutions and may even make the same resolution year after year, it should not prevent you from doing so. You never know - this might be your lucky year!! So go ahead, and make resolutions this New Year's Day. And if you don’t keep them - there's always next year!

What better way to start the New Year off than with humor?

Here are some funny New Year quotes:


Jay Leno
Now there are more overweight people in America than average-weight people. So overweight people are now average… which means, you have met your New Year's resolution


Oprah Winfrey
Cheers to a New Year and another chance for us to get it right.

Mark Twain
New Year's Day… now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.


Oscar Wilde
Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account.


Anais Nin
I made no resolutions for the New Year. The habit of making plans, of criticizing, sanctioning and molding my life, is too much of a daily event for me.


Ben Affleck

Matt and I have set a date. Matt and I will tie the knot on New Years Day in the town of Swampscott, MA. Reserve your hptel rooms now. I will be having a gay marriage.

New Year's Poems

New Year's Eve
Another full-orbed year hath waned to-day,
And set in the irrevocable past,
And headlong whirled long Time's winged blast
My fluttering rose of youth is borne away:
Ah rose once crimson with the blood of May,
A honeyed haunt where bees would break their fast,
I watch thy scattering petals flee aghast,
And all the flickering rose-lights turning grey.

Poor fool of life! plagued ever with thy vain
Regrets and futile longings! were the years
Not cups o'erbrimming still with gall and tears?
Let go thy puny personal joy and pain!
If youth with all its brief hope disappears,
To deathless hope we must be born again.
Mathilde Blind


Let us try to be good and content,
Kind to each other,
Healthy and gentle and brave,
Obedient to Mother.

For of such were the heroes of old -
Patient in learning,
Seldom rude, seldom cross, never cruel,
From the truth never turning.
A. E. and M. Keary

Happy New Year

If it didn't bring you joy
just leave it behind
Let's ring in the new year
with good things in mind

Let every bad memory
that brought heartache and pain
And let's turn a new leaf
with the smell of new rain

Let's forget past mistakes
making amends for this year
Sending you these greetings
to bring you hope and cheer
Happy New Year!

New Year's Song

This song makes me cry each time I hear it. I'm such a sap!

Auld Lang Syne by Robert Burns

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
And auld lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet
For auld lang syne!

We twa hae run about the braes,
And pu'd the gowans fine,
But we've wander'd mony a weary fit
Sin auld lang syne.

We twa hae paidl't in the burn
Frae morning sun till dine,
But seas between us braid hae roar'd
Sin auld lang syne.

And there's a hand, my trusty fiere,
And gie's a hand o' thine,
And we'll tak a right guid willie-waught
For auld lang syne!

And surely ye'll be your pint' stowp,
And surely I'll be mine,
And we'll tak a cup o' kindness yet
For auld lang syne!

New Year's Eve

Everyone knows it’s all about the night before New Year’s Day. New Year’s Eve in the happening night!

Ahhh, to be young again and be out all night at the best party, or at Times Square, waiting for the ball to drop and making sure you have that special someone to kiss at midnight. Dancing, drinking, eating, and just having a great time – those were the days. Now – not so much. Being a married couple with children and having so many single friends – well, need I say more? Not that I blame them. I can’t even get my parents to watch the kids for us so that we might be able to go out – they have a party to go to!

It’s really not so bad. We have our own little family tradition now. The kids like finger foods, so I go to town making tons of little appetizers for us to munch on. I’ll make some “virgin” frozen drinks like pina coladas or strawberry daiquiris so that we may all partake. While we’re eating, drinking, and basically being merry, we’ll play a family board game (or a few of them) until it’s time to watch the must see Dick Clark’s Rockin’ Eve and wait for the ball to drop (if they are still awake). If they made it that far, they usually don’t make it much further. The kids (and sometimes hubby) are down for the count not too long after.

The next day we all sleep late, have a nice family breakfast when we wake up and then later on in the day head to my Mom & Dad’s for an early dinner.

Whatever you do, whether you stay home or go out, take the time to reflect on the old and anticipate the new. Be healthy, happy and safe. Have a Happy New Year!

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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

Happy New Year friend, my new years resolution is to get married again if I find a significant other first, LOL< and yes some of the resolution we have are always broken,

nice hub and songs too for New Year, May you have the best this year 2010. Maita

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pddm67 6 years ago from Queens, New York Author

Thank you so much PDH and a very Happy New Year to you too! This year may be the year your resolution is kept - you are such a sweet and kind woman and any man would be damn lucky to have you! I wish you and your family a very healthy and happy New Year! Rock On :-)

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Kulsum Mehmood 6 years ago from Nagpur, India

Wish you a Very Happy New Year 2010 pddm67. Nice hub and nice poems.

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pddm67 6 years ago from Queens, New York Author

Thank you for stopping by Kulsum and I wish you and your family a very healthy and Happy New Year!

I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and your comments are much appreciated :-)

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lexisp 6 years ago

your right a new year is very loud at my house

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