New Year's Eve is hyped up as one of the most important nights of the year, a chance to celebrate, to have fun with friends and look forward to the year to come. Sounds great right? If you can go out, then yes. But what if you're stuck at home? Then it can be the most miserable and lonely night of the year.
I think that being ill and at home shouldn't mean that you have to accept feeling fed up and isolated. That you should be have as much fun as anyone else. It's your right.
You may have to do things differently. Your New Year's Eve may not look like everyone else's; but you can still have an amazing time. Not just pretend to have fun; but actually have fun, make some special memories and then be able to share what you got up to on Facebook and Twitter.
Trust me, I know what it's like. Having been bedbound for six years and housebound for even longer I've had both awful and amazing New Year's Eves and I've learnt what to do, to find the fun at home.
So how do you have fun at home? Where do you start?
First work out what makes New Year's Eve special to you. What's the first thing that comes to mind, the thing you wish you could do? Is it spending the evening with others? Maybe you can't imagine a good night without certain things to eat or drink? Do you need music? A favourite movie? Or perhaps you love to get dressed up?
You can do all of those things at home home and have fun preparing for the evening as well as on the actual night. Get dressed up, even if that's just wearing your best pjs and favourite jewellery, have some yummy party food and put on a great soundtrack to listen to. Invite your family or friends over or share your party with your friends online. True it's not quite the same as going out; but on the plus side you avoid the crowds, the inflated prices and the December germs.
New Year's Eve can be just like any other night, you can go to bed, pull up the blankets and wait for it to be over, or you can make the most of it and find ways to have fun, no matter what.
Reality may not change, life will still be there tomorrow; but for one night you can put that to one side and have an amazing evening to remember.
If organising your own virtual New Year's Eve party sounds like too much work, then why not join the official New Year's Eve Party in your Pad. We're going to be escaping to a virtual Scottish Beach to relax by a bonfire while saying goodbye to the old year and welcoming in the new one. Best of all joining in means you won't spend the evening alone. All virtual party guests can hang out together in our exclusive Facebook group, chatting, relaxing and generally having fun with people from around the world, who all know what it's like to be at home for New Year; but who want to make the most of the evening.
If you want to make this New Year's Eve one to remember, for all the right reasons - then come and join the fun at the New Year's Eve Party in your Pad. It's just a click away...
Claire Wade is the winner of the Good Housekeeping Novel Competition and author of The Choice. She was bed bound for six years with severe ME, trapped in a body that wouldn't do what she wanted. She now writes about women who want to break free from the constraints of their lives, a subject she's deeply familiar with.