Auld Lang Syne and Other Reflections of the New Year

Every time I hear the ball drop I can’t help but think of Billy Crystal in When Harry Met Sally (my all time FAVORITE movie btw) when he looks at her at the end when everyone is singing Auld Lang Syne and says “What does this song mean? My whole life I don’t know what this means.”

In a nutshell, the song itself is reflective of not forgetting our old times with friends, and is basically about two friends catching up, their friendship having been long and occasionally distant.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but aren’t we basically starting every year with a song singing about how we need to reunite with our friends?

Personally, I love the New Year, but I loathe resolutions.  Resolutions seem to always remind me of all the things I should be doing, or that I’m not doing well. I feel resentful of them somewhere around March, and by April they are a distant memory.  

 

Then I heard a suggestion from Tim Ferriss that turned the idea of resolutions on my head.  He encourages you to reflect on the past year (or two if you wish) and come up with a list of the things that made you happy, or your best self. Then you take that list and actively schedule in more of those things.  

If you are not new to our newsletter you already know – I’m all about living a life by design not default

What better way to do that then by planning out and intentionally doing all the things that make us happier, better people?

And what better way to accomplish that then by planning a vacation with your friends?

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So let’s put it on the calendar, make your wishlist, make your plans, call your people and put it on the calendar. 

2020 has a lot to look forward to, from the once every ten years Passion Play in Oberammergau, Germany, to the Olympics in Tokyo, to all of the milestones, anniversaries, birthdays, graduations and other special events you are personally celebrating in your lives.  Not to mention all the great trips Serendipitous Traveler will announce this year!

This February I am lucky enough to celebrate a series of 50th birthdays on a Girls Cruise that we planned over a year ago. Over the holidays my family made plans for a cruise reunion in 2022.

Over the top to plan that far in advance? Not at all! In fact, when you are juggling so many different schedules and budgets, I argue that it’s the only way to plan a large trip like that. 

Whatever it is you are wishing to do – it’s never too early to start planning. And when you are ready, you know I’d love to help! So here’s to our old friends, and new friends we bring into our lives, and to intentionally planning for all the great experiences we will share with them in the New Year!

Until next time, happy wanderlusting!

XO Krystal

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