Okay, as a self-proclaimed introvert, I have to say that parties just generally aren’t my kind of thing. However, I wanted to talk a little about what I feel celebrations should be like. I’ll talk more about how this all came about later on in the post.
In essence, celebrations should be the act of celebrating a joyous occasion that is filled with meaning and value to you. Many people around the world celebrate their birthdays, graduations, weddings and anniversaries. To them, they are milestones in their life. Thus, they want to share the joy of living through another year, completing their education or finding their other half with those around them.
Aside from personal celebrations, there are events such as Christmas and New Year Celebrations among many others. These are more traditional celebrations that only truly holds meaning to a particular group of people that believe in a certain something.
All of this sounds reasonable enough. Although I can’t say I find much meaning in celebrating such things, I won’t go so far as to decide for others what is worth celebrating.
What really triggers me, is when people celebrate something like their birthday and invite everyone they know to one place. In the end, it just becomes a huge mess of individuals with zero connection to each other aside from the fact that they know the single person whose birthday is being celebrated. This is what I experienced twice within the past two weeks. It was so unbearable I had to leave halfway through both of the parties. As expected, with the large volume of people at each of those two parties, no one really noticed I was gone.
Now, let’s look back at what I said celebrations should be about, “sharing the joy of living through another year”. Maybe it’s just me being selfish, but those two parties I went to failed miserably at sharing any form of joy. All I felt throughout both parties was “get me the hell out of here”.
I understand there’s a lot of personal bias going on here so I’m just going to go ahead and say what I feel celebrations should be like.
Celebrations should be with just be with your immediate family or a select few people who you are close to. There is no meaning in inviting a large number of people when you will only end up interacting with only a select few during the party and leaving the rest to their own devices. At least, that is how I see it. Celebrations should be fun occasions where you can let loose and hang out with those close to you without being surrounded by a bunch of other people who came out of obligation.
All this coming from me probably isn’t very credible or hold much value because I don’t really care much about celebrations in the first place. They are just a means and excuse to get together with those you value and love.
To answer the question in my post title, celebrations aren’t worth anything to me. Mostly because I don’t feel anything is really worth celebrating.
People will say that celebrations are important so you can get together with friends and family and catch up. Or to share the joy or whatever. Honestly though, does anything really strike you as something you can ONLY do during a celebration?
With instant messaging applications like WhatsApp, you can easily contact those you are close to and decide on a date to meet up as and when you want. You don’t have to come up with a reason like a celebration or something, sometimes, you just want to meet up with certain people don’t you?
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