So you’ve sent out your Christmas cards (late again), ordered the turkey and decided on your new year’s resolutions, but what things can you realistically expect to happen in 2012. What things have you got to look forward to?
1. The global recession will continue and you’ll still be broke (just saying)
No matter what the people in charge might tell us, it’s pretty clear we’re going to be in a global recession for a while. So what you do when the economy is bad, your working hours have been cut and you still want to have fun?
Well, you save money by going to friends’ houses for drinks instead of the bar. You learn to snap up that 2-4-1 offers down at the supermarket and you look out for last minute package holiday deals. Though don’t be too surprised if the accommodation is not exactly….errr…five star.
2. You still won’t actually own your house
It will be 2018 before you actually own the title to your house instead of the bank. So enjoy your house now, whilst it at least still feels like you own it. Decorate your home the way you want it. Buy that red leather sofa, show your individual style and make it feel like home. That way when the bailiffs turn up, they’ll actually have something to take.
3. The price of air travel will go up
Have you ever wondered why budget airlines aren’t quite so budget these days? By the time they’ve added on arbitrary fuel charges, airport taxes and charged you for every ounce of extra luggage. It can end up not feeling like much of a bargain at all.
An insider tip; is to approach the airline of your choice directly. Cut out the middle guy (travel agent), save yourself a ton of cash and travel with a much better quality of airline.
4. You’ll want a new car that you can’t afford
Women suffer from car envy to, though maybe not in the same way that men do. When that girl in the new Mercedes and the sharp haircut pulls up alongside your beaten up Toyota, do you find yourself wondering why you never opted for the blacked out windows?
The fact is, the Toyota still works, you own it outright and it’s cost effective. Whilst the Mercedes, is still on credit super expensive to fix and drinks fuel like a beast.
Still want the Mercedes right? Yeah…me too!
5. You’ll gain 2kg and hate it
If you do the holiday season properly, meaning go to every food and drink fueled party you’re invited to. Then… decide on Christmas day it’s totally ok to start drinking at breakfast and continue doing so all day. It’s inevitable, that you’ll have gained at least 2kg by 2012. That is, unless you’ve been very good and hit the gym twice as hard to make up for it!
6. You won’t use that yoghurt maker you got for Christmas
Does it ever feel like your friends and family go into the home ware section of a department store and throw a dart? Or, straight for the bargain bin when they choose a present for you. Well, you can expect that 2012 will be no different. Therefore it’s perfectly acceptable that you ‘re-gift’ the yoghurt maker like you did with the waffle maker in 2010, the wheatgrass juicer in 2009…oops.
7. Your boss will still get on your last nerve
Your boss may have made a list of new year’s resolutions like everyone else, but I doubt “stop driving…….nuts”, was at the top of it, or even on it at all.
The holidays are a time for good will to all men, but don’t expect miracles. Late nights, hangovers and worry about the credit card bills will ensure your boss is just as demanding and annoying as ever. Remember…good will to all men.
8. You’ll watch at least 5 episodes of friends
They haven’t made a new episode in ten years, but Friends remains one of the most repeated series in the whole world. The fact is it will be hard to avoid seeing at least 5 episodes. Did you know that you can tube down the Mekong River in Laos and all the bars are playing re-runs of friends!
I bet Joey, Monica, Rachel, Ross and Chandler never thought starring in a sit-com about roommates would make them millionaires.
9. You and your partner will have at least 1 hum dinger of an argument
And if you don’t there’s something wrong and someone is over compromising. No couple gets on or agrees with each other all the time. A good argument is healthy for any relationship, so long as it’s fair.
It’s always best to avoid arguing if you’ve been drinking as things can easily escalate. And you both end up looking a bit silly. But a good, honest, if a little heated “thrown down” can do wonders for any relationship. Just remember…fight fair and don’t make a habit of it or don’t forget to make up.
10. You’ll be a year older and a little bit uglier
Unfortunately this is an unavoidable, non-negotiable aspect of life. Goodness knows many of us have tried lots of expensive lotions, potions and treatments in a wild panic to stave on the creeping years.
No matter what month you’re special day falls on, singing “happy birthday to me” is something you can expect to happen in 2012.
It may or may not be a joyous occasion, depending on whether you just turned 21 and are finally old enough to drink (legally). Or, whether you just turned 71 and now need to wear incontinence pants.
As one year merges into another we can never truly know what to expect, we can hope for the best. Whilst expecting that life will throw us a few curve balls, just to keep it interesting.
But this list of the Top 10 things that might happen to you in 2012, will give you a good idea of what you have to look forward to.