A Peaceful New Year’s Eve

PolitiChicks.comThis New Years Eve, I had my heart content on going out with my boyfriend. I wanted to go to some sort of party or bar and ring in the new year. I wanted my midnight kiss while we wear silly hats and glasses. I wanted that picture perfect moment they always reference in books and movies.

For the past few weeks, I searched for events to attend. Nothing caught my eye and everything was extremely overpriced. Eventually, we ended up going to Starbucks for frappuccinos and drove around to look at the remainder of the Christmas lights. We then went to a family friend’s house and watched a movie, with just enough time left to watch the NYC ball drop at midnight.

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I got my midnight kiss. It didn’t have silly decorations and both of us were sober. We weren’t around hundreds of people and we weren’t dressed up. But I took away something even more important than a midnight kiss. I realized that I’m not your average 22 year old. I don’t go clubbing. I don’t get drunk until I black out. My idea of a good time is shooting guns, watching movies, and cuddling (and not necessarily in that order.)

We focus so much on living up to these ideas and fantasies in our heads that we forget the meaning of holidays. I was so focused on having my first New Years kiss being a certain way that I took for granted my health, my loved ones, and those who have touched my life this past year. I was so focused on having an “Instagram worthy” midnight kiss that I almost let my imagination ruin a perfectly good nights. The sad part? Most people my age do just that. We’re more focused on making other people jealous or envious of our experiences through social media that we don’t enjoy the moment in the moment.

In 2015, I’m making a vow to put my phone down more and enjoy more private, intimate moments with the ones I love. Without my entire social network in on those moments.

Beth Baumann

Beth Baumann is a California native, who grew up with an interest in politics from a young age. Beth attended Northern Arizona University, where she was a member of the NAU Conservatives, an activist organization dedicating to spreading conservative ideals. She also founded the NAU chapter of Young Americans for Liberty, took part in the Flagstaff Smart Girl Politics chapter and helped a local conservative run for Flagstaff City Council. Beth has received national attention due to the First Amendment restrictions on her college campus. She defended her Freedom of Speech when she was ridiculed for handing out flags in remembrance of 9/11. Although she faced misconduct charges, up to and including expulsion, she stood by her Constitutional rights and beliefs. With the help of the Leadership Institute and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), she was eventually exonerated of all charges. During her tenure, she was copy editor for the newspaper, marketing director and film festival director for the campus TV station, and news correspondent for political talk radio. Beth was the Communications Assistant at The American Conservative Union, where she helped with planning and executing different aspects of CPAC 2014, including social media, media strategy and crisis management. Beth works at a well established public relations firm in Southern California. Her work has been featured in The Daily Caller, The Washington Times, World Net Daily and Human Events. Follow Beth on Twitter: @eb454

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