New Year's Eve is a time for celebration, friendship and, most of all, reflection. As we look back on a year filled with ups and downs, we're anxiously hoping for more ups in the coming year.
And keeping with New Year's Eve traditions, we'll grab a pen and paper (or just our phone) and write down our resolutions for the new year, which are usually complete and total lies. Only 8% of people actually stick to their resolutions, according to Forbes.
However, lying to ourselves about how we're going to go to the gym every other day — or even just joining a gym — aren't the only fibs we make on NYE. Let's take a closer look at them, illustrated with Disney princesses GIFs, because why not. 2015 was the year for reimaginings, you know.
"Yes, of course I'm making a list of New Year's resolutions."
Girl, come on. You might come up with a list in your head, but you know if you don't write it down, you'll forget it, which is conveniently what you'd like to do anyway.
"And yes, I'm so going to accomplish everything on my list."
Pfft. Yeah, right. Did you not just read that statistic we mentioned a second ago? Less than 10% of people actually follow through with their resolutions.
"I don't care if I'm the only person at the NYE party with no one to kiss."
You might not want to be in a relationship right now, but you're definitely not looking forward to being the odd one out, surrounded by a horde of smooching couples once that clock strikes midnight.
"I'm going to write the correct year on papers the first time."
You and I both know we're gonna keep writing 2015 on stuff until about June. Maybe by then it'll have sunk in that 2016 is here to stay.
"I'll get more sleep this year."
Sure, you say this now, but what about when you're in the midst of a ~very important~ binge-watching session and you just *have* to know what happens to so and so before you can fall asleep peacefully. What then, hmm?
"This will be the year I finally get my life together."
Unless you're 95 years old, you're doing just fine right now; you still have many, many wonderful years ahead of you. There's still plenty of time to figure it all out, so work on something smaller while you build your way up. A few examples: finishing your degree, finding a job, figuring out how to pull an all-nighter yet still look flawless AF the next morning.
"I'm going to watch what I eat...starting tomorrow."
You might go on a diet and/or work out a little more than you used to, but unless you're 100% committed to living a healthier lifestyle, that new eating regiment will soon look like a distant memory. Well, until next New Year's Eve, that is.
"I'm actually going to watch everything in my Netflix queue this year."
Sure you are. And you'll also only watch "one more episode" before bed, huh? Who are you kidding? Not Netflix, that's for sure. Netflix knows the true you.
"I'll seriously cut back on the internet, maybe even go outside more often."
You know that cutting back on the internet also pertains to the internet on your phone, right? Are you seriously going to ditch your social media apps that make your commute and daily life all the better? You know what's not always outside? Free Wi-Fi. Let that sink in for a moment.
"I vow to read more and watch less."
If the last three years have been any indication, you'll start a book in January and (possibly) finish it by next January. Let's be real here.
"This will be my best year ever."
Not to sound like a buzzkill, but the coming year probably won't be your best year ever, and why would you want it to be? That means the best year of your life will soon be behind you, and then what do you have to look forward to in the future? Do your best to focus on the positives that happen during the year. Looking back, every year will seem like it was the best year of your life.