For many of us, New Year's Eve in 2019 holds a special meaning. Not only does it signal the start of a new year, it marks the beginning of a new decade. Think about it for a minute.
Between 2010 and 2019, we witnessed a transition from America's first black presidency to one of its most polarizing ones. We ran around with our phones trying to capture Pokémon. We saw women take a stand against sexual harassment and teenagers take the lead on divisive issues such as gun safety and climate change. At one point, we even thought it was cool to lay down on random objects and coin this weird phenomenon "planking."
From the introduction of the Apple iPad in 2010 to the sudden uptick in minority representation across U.S. politics and Hollywood, the last decade had some truly memorable moments. But as 2019 comes to a close, this is an opportunity to start anew. This is when you come up with a list of resolutions — you know, the same ones you've failed to live up to every year up until now.
More importantly, this is also your one last chance to go all out — to celebrate the last time you'll have to deal with any negative energy the 2010s brought. And don't, for a second, think you're alone in thinking that 2019 was one to forget. In fact, in December, Eventbrite polled 2,086 Americans 18 years old and over and found that a whopping 57 percent of respondents felt that 2019 was more stressful than the previous three years.
The good news? Seventy-three percent of those same respondents felt more optimistic about going into 2020 than they did going into 2019. More than half of them (53 percent, to be exact) said they were planning to celebrate by — you guessed it — partying. The only problem is that because millennials are millennials and Gen Zers are Gen Zers, they just can't figure out what exactly to do. According to the Eventbrite survey, more than three-quarters of respondents didn't have any real plans at the beginning of December.
Still, that didn't stop some from dreaming of what to do. Fifty-one percent of Americans said they were willing to travel to a different city to celebrate New Year's Eve, while 45 percent said they were willing to spend more money just to have a good time. How much, you ask? $185.60, according to Eventbrite. Yes, the 60 cents matter.
And for those of you who are single, don't expect to, all of a sudden, find the love of your life on New Year's Eve. Sixty-five percent of respondents said that they thought that "the New Year's Eve kiss is overrated." What's more is the fact that less than half of those surveyed said they were looking for an opportunity to meet new people that day.
Obviously, we say all of this just to tell you that perhaps the most important thing you should be doing on New Year's Eve is enjoying yourself. Take some time to reflect on how far you've come, and use today as a launching pad to accomplish even more.