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What's the Loneliest Day Of Your Year?
A little while ago I tweeted about how New Year’s Eve is usually the day of the year that I find most difficult as a single person. Others’ responses to my tweet showed that I’m far from alone.
I’m thankful to the folks over at Living Out who invited me to explain a little more about why NYE can be the loneliest day of the year, and how others can help make it less lonely for those they love.
Read on for an excerpt and a link to the full article.
What day is the loneliest day of your year? For some, it is Christmas Day. For others, it is Mother’s or Father’s Day, or perhaps their birthday. For yet others, it is a date that seems entirely innocuous to the rest of us but is hugely significant for them.
For me, it's none of the above. For me, it’s New Year’s Eve.
It wasn’t always that way. For many years I found December 31st to be exciting. It symbolised movement and progress, optimism and new beginnings. When Christmas was done and dusted for another year, we still had NYE to look forward to. It also didn’t hurt that down here in Australia, the weather is warm, the sun is (typically) shining, and the beaches are crowded. Sure, New York might have a ball that drops in Time Square. London might have a chiming Big Ben. But here in Sydney we have the harbour and its bridge. We have the Opera House and (let’s just all admit it) the very best NYE fireworks show in the world.
What could there possibly be for me to not love about NYE?
I can imagine my younger self asking that very question, with no small degree of incredulity. But what young Dani didn’t realise is that…
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