Happy New Year! Can you believe it is 2016 already? There is a feeling of endless possibilities, like anything can happen. But yesterday, the last day of the year, it felt like everything was ending. Dramatic, I know, but there was almost a sense of hopelessness that more couldn’t have happened.
Yesterday I did something a little crazy… I hopped on a bus with no plans, no destinations in mind, only a desire to do something new and different. It all began when I finished Fans of the Impossible Life , a very interesting book with remarkable characters. One of the characters, Jeremy, wanted to be brave, which he did, in a way, become. I quickly identified with his shy, awkward, afraid to be hopeful personality. I realized that I am afraid, as well. Afraid of doing new things, going to new places, talking to strangers. Fears that have been stressing me out and stopping me from living the life I want to live.
I ended up getting off in Chinatown and spent the afternoon taking pictures. It was truly amazing, I went to beautiful boutiques and had the most delicious dirty chai at Manifest. One such shop that was In4mation, a place that offered surfer/skater clothes, hats and art. Near the door there was a table with a few magazines piled on top of it. One magazine was clearly a form of advertising, portraying models with In4mation’s clothes and local artists. I was entranced by the beautiful art and mysterious portraits. I couldn’t help but ask one of the workers how much it was, which started a conversation about how it was free and how I wanted to work for a magazine. A man, presumably the owner, said that I should “just go for it. If you want to work for a magazine, all you need to do is ask.” I was touched, here was a stranger supporting and encouraging me.
I ended the year feeling free from the stress that has haunted me for the past week. My resolutions for 2016 are simple, do what I am afraid of (a line from We Were Liars, another exquisite book) and to be a healthier person. I have the courage to go on a serendipitous adventure, I can conquer any challenges in this new year.
Do you have any New Year resolutions?