New Yorkers say 'good riddance' to 2021 memories they want to forget
New Yorkers shredded their unwanted 2021 memories Tuesday as part the 15th annual Good Riddance Day.
Some say the end of another year of COVID-19 concerns couldn't come soon enough.
The day is inspired by a Latin American tradition in which New Year's revelers stuff dolls with objects representing bad memories before setting them on fire.
News 12 viewers said they want to get rid of remote learning, COVID and global warming.
People wrote down their unpleasant and unwanted memories from the year at Broadway Plaza Tuesday afternoon.
The papers were burned as a symbol to give a fresh start to ring in the new year.
Melissa Halverson, a certified executive and life coach, says people can also journal, meditate and practice gratitude as a way to let go of the past.
"When we are getting rid of things, that means something new is getting ready to emerge," Halverson says.
Halverson says people can also declutter their home, closet or office as a way to get rid of something that is not serving them and make room for something new.