Derek Sivers' latest post, Time is personal. Your year changes when your life changes, says:
A new year begins when there’s a memorable change in my life. Not January 1st. Nothing changes on January 1st.
I guess I agree with the sentiment, but disagree with the way it's framed.
Celebrate personally meaningful markers. Ignore arbitrary calendar dates.
I get what he's saying, and by all means celebrate those markers, but don't call it a "new year". What if something else meaningful happens in a few months? Now I've gotta start another new year? 😜
To force these celebrations on universal dates disconnects them from the meaning they’re supposed to celebrate.
Not really. Perhaps it re-connects them. And why not use pre-determined calendar dates, too? Who says we should only celebrate based on calendar dates? Calendar dates give us extra opportunities to celebrate those things. More importantly, calendar dates as markers can remind us of meaningful things when we've been otherwise busy or distracted or maybe depressed.
There's a recent trend to downplay or even ridicule new year's resolutions. That's a shame. I find the anti-resolution sentiment to be promoted mostly by people who don't struggle with things the same way I do. Good for them.
Personally, I use January 1st as a time to create my own meaningful events. I use it to reflect upon the previous year and dial in how I'd like the coming year to unfold. I use it to clean out the closets (both literal and figurative).
Of course I'm not forced to do this on January 1st, or only on January 1st, but the start of a new year is a perfect time to do it, so why not? It also happens to fall on a date I can depend on.
I hope to celebrate many meaningful markers in the coming year, all of these will happen within the comforting, consistent construct of my calendar.