I heard this story on NPR yesterday, and I love this. A new tradition began in New York City five years ago - an end of the year ritual. Droves of people from all over line up and wait their turn to put "the bad" from the previous year into a giant shredder, a series of dumpsters and/or demolish it with a sledgehammer.
Deployment papers, bad relationships, weight lost, a bully at school, an illness, you name it. Whatever depressing memory or negative part of your life from 2011 you want to move past, shred it and be done with it! Before you can make room for the new of 2012, you need to slough off the old.
What do you want to say good riddance to from 2011?
What do I want to shred up from 2011?
Since I'm not able to attend the official Times Square event, I'll have to do my own ceremony. Maybe I'll write these things down and put them in my food processor. I've spent some time thinking it through, and these are some things I truly want to shred and be done with as I move into 2012.
Good Riddance To: All the bitterness...
- Bitterness at heterosexual friends and straight people in
general, who seemingly have things a lot easier than I do. I'm done with
the jealousy. I'm done with pity parties.
- Bitterness at men because of the lowlifes and sick
bastards out there who've given that gender a bad reputation. I'm done
assuming that all men are this way. I'm done stereotyping them.
- Bitterness at christians for the not accepting me as I am. For my legalistic upbringing. For the self-condemnation I learned from the inside out. I'm done with judging them for what they believe, looking down on them. I'm done mocking them and not accepting them as they are.
So good riddance 2011! And with it, those thoughts and attitudes. Let's find the food processor.
What are you dumping from the past year?