It’s become a tradition in Western culture to kiss someone at midnight on New Years. Some do it to avoid the superstition that no kiss on New Years means a year of loneliness. But we think that’s pretty dumb.
Whilst the New Years kiss gave us so much stress in our teen years, the concept seems to become less important every year. Here’s a few reasons why New Years kisses are completely overrated.
You Should Never Feel Pressure To Kiss Someone
If you’re simply wanting to join in because ‘everyone else is doing it’, take a step back. New Years’ kisses are completely optional. If you’re not comfortable doing it, then don’t. Respect yourself and your choices. There’s no reason to feel external pressure on a day that’s supposed to be full of fun.
There’s Really Nothing Special About It
Unless it’s a New Years kiss with someone you’re interested in, a New Years kiss can be a bit of a mood killer. Its less fireworks, more saliva bomb. Especially if it’s a last minute smooch with a complete stranger. Are you really into sloppy kisses with someone you picked from the crowd in a last-ditch effort? Probs not.
It’s Such A Fake Moment
The idea of finding someone and sharing a romantic kiss under the New Years fireworks is so manufactured these days that there’s nothing really romantic about it at all. While your mate is vomiting in the bushes and you’re being deafened by the pop of fireworks, sharing saliva with someone way too drunk to be standing up is not really that ‘dreamy’ moment. Ooh, yeah, settling on some random and half convincing each other to ‘just do it’ for the sake of superstition or peer pressure is what tween dreams are made of. Um, no. Thank u, next.
There are 100 things I’d rather do than that.
It’s Painfully Awkward
So it hits 12 o’clock, you grab your kissing partner, share a kiss for a couple seconds and then what? Smile at each other longingly? Shake hands? Hold hands and skip into the new year together? Give each other notes? God forbid, talk?! Sometimes it’s better to make a toast, pop the confetti, and down a flute of champagne than to have to deal with the discomfort of post-rando-kissing.
So if you find yourself without a New Years kiss this year, don’t stress. The only pash you need to worry about is if there’s any in your drink. Because New Years Eve kisses are totally overrated.
You do you this NYE.
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