Things to Do When You're Bored on NYE
There are lots of reasons a Sparkler might end up bored on New Year’s Eve: your friends all went to Belize for the holidays; your parents decided to host a Fondue Year’s Eve party; you live in Willard, Ohio. Don’t worry, though, we’ve got you covered. Here are some ways you can keep busy until midnight strikes and you’re officially allowed to go to bed.
Celebrate long distance
Got friends celebrating New Year’s across the globe? Research their local time and call them up just before they hit midnight. This will be annoying for them, but they will know you are stuck at home and feel sorry for you. Try to keep them on the phone through the midnight countdown. Repeat with as many friends/time zones as you can. This way you can sample the fun other people are having far away from you.
Remix your life
You know New Year's 2014 was a bit of a fizzler, but future generations don’t need to know it. Spend a few hours photoshopping Barack Obama, Sonia Sotomayor or Kanye West into your loneliest 2013 selfies. Give your creations captions like "Friends 4evs <3"
Decide who you will be in 2014
Always wanted to be a rapper? (n.b. Most people should not be rappers.) It’s not too late to start working on that mix tape. Determined to make the track team next year? Do an exercise thing (sorry, we're not experts on this). You’ve probably heard people tell you that you can be anything you want if you put your mind to it. That’s not true, obvi, but there are still a lot of things that you could be. Get started with one.
Let’s face it: though you're obviously a beautiful sunbeam, you can also be pretty tough to deal with. Remember how you Facebook bombed everyone's feeds with the viral video that ended up being a fake? Five times? That prank with the tennis shoes that seemed so hilarious at the time? Now is the time to put it right. Make a list of all of your friends you’ve mistreated in 2013 and send each of them a thoughtful email. Confess your misdeeds and apologize. You might save a friendship you didn’t even realize was in trouble. Plus, if you’re anything like us, this activity will keep you busy not only for NYE, but well into January.
You’re bored. You’re lonely. Don’t try to hide it. Let go of your pride and let your unashamed cry for help ring out across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Goodreads. You never know, it might even result in a last-minute pity invitation to party or hold tentacles.
Happy New Year, Sparklers! Just be you (with adjustments to "you" as necessary).