i started this tumblog originally to chart my year in grad school in england. i thought it would be a good way to keep in touch with people who would be interested in keeping tabs on me and my modified adventures. with modest goals like those, how could i not be a roaring success?! exactly. i’m basically the queen of the internet now.
but i’ve dropped the scepter (so to speak) and in the interim, so many new tumblogs have sprung up and it made me miss the ease of this format. so, i’m mildly toying with the idea of starting this thing up again. odds are, it’ll be haphazard and spotty and i’ll get bored with it again in a few weeks. but, if i’m going to be messing about with themes, i figured i might as well update as well. let’s see where this thing goes, shall we?
obviously this is the time of year when one is expected to make grand proclamations about what will be done differently to achieve maximum success in the coming year. but with grand proclamations come major (and minor) personal disappointments. and with that comes guilt. and 2009 is the year of mitigated guilt, hadn’t you heard? i carry far too much already and there’s no reason why i need to actively work to create more.
i read a few weeks ago about the idea of having a theme for your year so that everything you do can be informed by a simple theme without creating interminable lists of actionable items for yourself that you may or may not ever manage to achieve.
for me, 2009 will be the year of love. and i don’t mean that in the cathy cartoon desperate, needy pursuit kind of way… i mean that in the truest sense of the pursuit of a higher purpose. in order to love fully and completely— yourself; other people; the world— one needs only one thing: courage. i hope that i can live into this year with fortitude and grace.
“Falling in love is the ultimate act of revolution, of resistance to today’s tedious, socially restrictive, culturally constrictive, humanly meaningless world.”