There was a horrific accident here in my country. Then there came the usual cacophony of noise on social media and the likes.
Here on these platforms that give us a voice, all we do is contribute another layer of noise. Just because we are given a platform to speak it does not mean that what we say is important.
I am getting increasingly tired of the noise. Today I did something out of my comfort zone. I could no longer stand being the digital bystander, watching in horrified disgust at the tragedy of another family. So I did what I felt led to do, although it was not convenient for me, although it was something I didn’t need to do. But I did it. And there was peace in doing it.
Entering a new year, like celebrating yet another birthday, can become increasingly “meaningless” the older we grow. Some may say its social construct to be celebrating an arbitrary day that apart from its emotional significance to ourselves, is no different from any other day before or after.
But I think that new years are really important for us as human beings precisely because we are so emotionally attached to everything in our environments. Setting aside a day that serves as a “restart” button is something we really do need, psychologically.
I’ve never met anyone who has gone through a year thinking to themselves at the end of December that they’ve done so good – they wouldn’t change a thing about the year that is to come. Whether we make resolutions that we intend to keep, or flippantly muse to ourselves on what we would change or want to see change in the new year, every transition from 31 December to 1 January gives us the opportunity to “start on a clean slate”. Or resolve to, anyway.
It’s the same reason why we need weekends, the same reason why we need rest days. For a good part of 2012 I found myself working literally 7 days a week. And it’s only when you’re doing that that you realize the importance of breaks, “me time” and why people are people and machines are machines (even machinery needs breaks and proper maintenance to continue to function optimally).
So for 2013, like every year, I don’t have resolutions. Because I’m impossible at keeping them. But I have started making some lifestyle changes because working 7 days a week is no way to live a life, and is in fact, more likely the express path to an earlier grave.
This year I will be focusing on kickstarting my business. And God has been extremely faithful in nudging me in this direction. I’m excited to see where things go. And you can drop by sometime, on this blog that I will be terrible at maintaining, to see how I’m progressing on this front.
More than half of January is over. Just a little more than 11 months to go. :)
So I’ve been absolutely horrendous at maintaining a blog. Somehow this doesn’t seem to stop me from trying anyway. Here I’ll be posting my doodles and some of my work, old and new, as well as some of the projects I’m working on as and when I can talk about them.
I will be starting my own line of design products this year. Or so I’ll like to believe that I’ll be able to. :)