A Year in Review – 2016
If you’re familiar with me, you would know I don’t like new year’s resolutions. Mostly because I think if you want to achieve something, you can and should start whenever you feel like you can. Not to mention the burnout that comes from being your idea of perfect, essentially overnight. Change is tiring, and it sucks, because it is a lot of work. Anyway, with that in mind, it is pretty ironic I am reviewing my year. However, I think it is important. Social media has been buzzing with the terror that was 2016; politics has been crazy, we have lost some great people (like we do every year), and the general consensus seems to indicate nobody had a good year. But, I feel I have had a very good year, and I like to celebrate my journey, no matter what form it comes in.
This was my status update on my personal Facebook, last night;
My thoughts while trimming my body hair, for the first time, this evening: “fuck, so much surface area”, “I’m getting bored of trimming my leg, let’s move onto my chest… Maybe my arms”, “why am I doing this?”, “God, I’m so much whiter than I realised”, “I’ll never get to bed, at this rate”, “if someone said I’d be doing this a year ago, I would have laughed”, “shit, I’ve done a lot of things I never thought I’d do, this year. I’m quite proud of what I’ve done. Maybe not this, though…”, “actually, this isn’t too bad”, “if this is the only thing I regret for 2016, that’s a pretty good fucking year”, “I’ll never fulfil my bath prophecy now”, “let’s cut my head hair shorter than usual”. And this is how you end up going to bed at midnight, hairless and happy.
So why has this year been so good, my friend? Here are two things, that may not seem important, but they certainly make me feel like I have achieved something;
I started a new role at work, which was an unexpected opportunity, which certainly made it a great challenge. It took me a while to really feel like I was progressing, but I am getting there. It also gives me some amazing experience in a company I am very excited about, and enjoy working at.
I recorded a song. Yes, it may only be one song, but it’s a song I am incredibly proud of. It’s not like anything else I have produced, written or vocally delivered. If you’re interested, you can listen to Broke here. If you like a bit of sass, you should be very interested ;).
Besides these two things, I have made a few investments for my creative output.
A beast of a custom PC, which has certainly given me some extra power to work on some great tunes, and also given me greater flexibility for video editing (which was actually the creative direction I wanted to go in, back in high school).
A DSLR camera. More specifically, the Nikon D7200, so I can explore the visual side of my art, a little more. Granted, I am no pro, and I am actually incredibly lost with all the functionality, but I am so excited about this. I cannot wait to create some great visuals to go with my music.
But wait, there’s more! I certainly do have a few extra things to add which has really seen my interests change, this year;
My new found love for clothes, especially Adidas. I really do not know where this came from, because I used to absolutely hate buying clothes. But this year, I’ve been exploring a different style, and I look forward to continue expanding my wardrobe and feeling great in some key pieces.
My reignited love for Lush cosmetics. Holy, I do not even know how I stopped using their products. They are just plenty of fun to use and make me smell incredible.
All these changes and new-found loves, have certainly kept my eager-for-change hunger satisfied. Again, I am making no resolutions, but I am certainly looking forward to exploring some new ways of expressing myself, creatively. Hopefully, recording more than one song, and getting some visuals out there.
As I wrap up, and wish you a very happy 2017, I will leave you with this thought-provoking piece about a pizza-chorizo-salami.