Ths year has been quite an interesting one if I do say so myself. With the help of my good friend social media, we have been exposed more than ever to all of the interworkings and mindsets of the entire world. At the click of a button, we are connected to what goes on half way across the globe! On a grand scale, one may look at this year as being one of the more outlandish of our lifetime. I personally think every year has (and will have) it's ups and downs. Some more so than others, yes, but that's not "the year's" fault. Maybe it's the whole century! Who categorized everything into yearly incriments anyway? Most people usually spend this time of year reflecting. We tediously go over all of our successes, failures, accomplishments, etc., and generally try to figure out how to improve in the future. I am unfortunately no different, participating faithfully in this pagan ritual. There is also the moment of "last week" panic setting in when you realize you didn't do quite everything you wanted to do. Perhaps this is the same feeling we get during a significant birthday (18, 21, 30, and the like). Anywho, in my writing every week, from time to time this thing turns into a sort of public diary if you will. Every once in a while I feel the need to write for therapeutic purposes rather than for anyone else in particular. Today is one of those days!
Remember in high school or college when you had some huge project due by the end of the semester? A project in which you had a more than ample amount of time to complete, which in turn made it seem as though you literally had all the time in the world to finish? However, in some bizarre twist of fate, days... perhaps even hours before the said project was due, you found yourself project-less? This left you grasping at straws and scrambling trying to produce pretty much anything you could before the due date. Isn't that kinda what New Years feels like?? The beginning is filled with so much hope. A year, in theory, sounds like a heck of a long time now doesn't it? Things have the ability to change quite drastically in this time frame. Why then, around December, it seems as though everything went by so gosh darn light speed? Now this is the point in the blog where I could either get super deep or keep it a bit more surface and relatable.... Is time really just one great big illusion?? Eh, I should probably keep it surface...
Whenever I feel as though I have more than enough time to do something, that usually means I'm putting it off until the last minute. Alternatively, this could mean I get really excited about starting, but never follow through all the way to the end. I wonder if there is a good way to sort of pace myself. I need to figure out how to not be so super aggressive in the beginning that it completely drains me to see it through. I need to make a lot of smaller steps over time so that I won't be overwhelmed by the end of the line. Lastly, I need to make it not so blah and monotonous being systematically consistent for long periods of time. Once I can realize what time is exactly, perhaps I can learn to manage it a little bit more.
Welp, we have exactly one whole week left in this year. In a different perspective, a week could seem like an eternity. Think about it. Imagine if someone told you to not say one word for 7 days straight. Now, depending if you are a huge talker or not, that one week might seem like a preposterously long amount of time. Alternatively, if someone asked you to plan a wedding in just a week, some might think of that as much too short. It's all about perception. To me, this next week may be super drawn out, or super quick. Only I'll be able to make that decision. Whichever it is, I'm sure I'll have time to get a lot done. Even if the sun does go down shortly after I wake up!
So many themes going on in today's writing, yes I know. I will give a whirl at summing it all up. Try to manage time in such a way that life can seem to flow as opposed to being frantic and anxious at the beginning or end of certain time increments. Know that time is a system set up so the world can properly function in a bit more unison, but at the end of the day, the way we perceive time can make a great difference in our activities. It's not too late to be great! Finally, in getting all (or most of) my thoughts out in writing form, I can see a little more clearly how everything in my scrambled brain comes together in order to help myself focus. All of the advice I give is actually advice to myself (in second person (a narrative mode that isn't used often enough if you ask me)).
This brings me to my last statement of the year. I am currently seeking contributing writers for this website! A lot of people I have reached out to personally have expressed that they aren't good writers, or don't have anything to talk about. The point of me writing each week is to ultimately try and encourage others to get their voices out there as well. Sure there are facebook and twitter updates, but how fleeting are those sentiments that get lost in a sea of similar stanzas? I want to expand and open up the floor for a wide variety of viewpoints about the world. If you have ever been interested in sharing your thoughts in a more in-depth format, please feel free to reach out to me. Next year, I hope to have a writing community that is much more diverse. And yes, even though writing may seem like quite the ancient art form these days, I will restate that it is an exceptionally therapeutic practice.
Good fortune to all of you in the year to come! I hope to hear from you soon! (Talking about YOU you, not ME you btw.)
P.s. Seriously future writers, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You don't need to be professional, you don't even have to be yourself (you can write anonymously)! All I ask is that you are passionate.
P.p.s. I STILL don't have any NYE plans. I just hope I don't drop my phone in the toilet or sleep through it again...
P.p.p.s. There are still a few things on last years resolution list I'm trying to cram in before this week is over. Unfortunately, I don't think getting a 6 pack will be one of them (perhaps a nice 2 pack).