The ball will soon drop in Times Square to usher us into 2012, but not everyone looks forward to the noise makers, streamers and cheesy party hats.
Singles, no matter what age, struggle to find their place within this celebration. A new year marks new opportunities for love, but it also reminds us of another year spent in the throes of the dating world. And let’s be honest, very few of us are destined to experience a night like the one portrayed in the new movie New Year’s Eve.
It may be tempting to ignore the holiday all-together and find yourself in bed at 10 p.m. this Saturday, but there are plenty of ways you can embrace this celebration and the opportunities that 2012 holds.
1. Hit the town
Each city has its own array of festive parties. Whether it’s a black and white formal affair, a masquerade ball or a casual night out, take advantage of these social opportunities and maybe you’ll meet someone new!
2. See a show
Grab and a friend and buy last-minute tickets to a play in town or settle in the neighborhood movie theater with a bucket of popcorn to catch a late-night comedy.
3. Host a theme party
Instead of searching for something to do, plan it yourself! Request that your guests come in their favorite set of pajamas or ask everyone to dress as their favorite actor or actress from 2011.
4. Hop on a plane
If you’re really looking for adventure, spend New Year’s Eve far from home! Jet off to a beach resort or that European city you’ve always wanted to tour. Be spontaneous! There’s no time like the present.
5. Re-energize on a retreat
Usher in the new year with a renewed focus on your faith. Research meditative retreats or spiritual conferences held over this long weekend, and you will start 2012 with your heart in the right place.
With options like these, there’s no reason to feel lonely this New Year’s Eve. Surround yourself with people you love and smile brightly as midnight approaches. God’s love for you overflows and His promises are always fulfilled. Make a New Year’s resolution to trust His ultimate plan and watch as the blessings unfold in 2012.