|A photo of me by the sea on hols in DK.|
And so as we're racing towards the final hours of 2013 I just wanted to say hi there and wish everyone a fabulous year to come.
A lot of people have, if not new year's resolutions, then at least some ideas of what they're going to change in the new year, ranging from the mundane and plausibly achieveable to the wildly over ambitious.
So I'd like to focus on what I'm NOT going to change. I'm going to look at all the stuff that I have been doing that I'm going to keep on doing... even more so!
Riding my fabulous motor bike Sully, goes without saying ;-)
First and foremost - drawing and painting. I love it... plain and simple. Yes, I sit up 'til stupid hours in the morning and then have to get up and got to work. Doesn't matter. And I'm gonna keep on trucking as though my life depended on it... 'cause it kinda does ;-) Without it, all that I am would wither and die. I know that may sound a bit grandiose... but my fellow artists out there... you know what I mean :-)
Secondly... I'm going to keep not watching the news at all, ever. I don't think anyone needs the aggravation and sinking feeling of despair caused by being exposed to that contnues stream of whiney misery. Yes, there's a lot of shit going on out there... but being beaten about the head with it daily in the knowledge that most of it I can do bugger all about... that doesn't enhance my life. And it's an hour of you life every day... An hour! Think of all the fun you could have in that hour instead! I realised that a long time ago and I haven't looked back.
And thirdly... I'm going to keep trying to believe that basically people are decent and nice. It's a toughie sometimes seeing as we are constantly surrounded by a media that's obsessed with pointing fingers and throwing blame around... but do you know what helps?... YOU DO! All I have to do is think of everyone I know... and it's a fair few people by now... Some of you are close by, I see you often, some of you are scattered across the globe and I haven't seen you in years, but the marvels of technology and all that jazz means you're only a phone call or send button away.... and by golly you're all lovely!
I heard this great bit of advice earlier this year... 'envy will eat you alive.' Every time I feel the slightest pang over something someone has that I don't - usually it's artistic talent and the ability to live of their art ;-) - I remember that sentence, and it makes me remember to focus on what I have got... and it's pretty, darn groovy :-)
So if you ever get that nasty, nagging feeling of being hard done by and everyone else being better off... just remember that one sentence and think of the awesome things you already have and can do.
And so... without further ado... Let us venture forward with curiosity, excitement, great panache and a wide grin on our faces. It's a beautiful world and if someone tells you otherwise just keep giving them big sloppy kisses until they stop being such bloody Moaning Myrtles.
Happy New Year everyone! You are awesome... have fun and be excellent to each other! :-)