The end of the year doesn’t mean a lot for most people. Even for myself, while being a student, the end of the year was rather around July than December, and starting September with a gap of a whole “I have nothing to do but to praise the sun” month. Unfortunately, we’re all so conditioned by society, that the essentials of our lives remain in books. The switch between two years is often related to a huge planetary party which not everybody is really up to, and those who don’t party often feel guilty, excluded or labeled as unconventional people. Which is completely rubbish, because a year’s switch should be enjoyed in everyone’s personal way, whether it is alone or squashed in a crowded place.
There’s probably not a single Facebook user that hasn’t seen at least one of these automatic generated “best moments of the year” summary with the great unpersonalised mention “It’s been a great year and I want to thank you for being a part of it.”. It might be indeed a good way to remember a few details about the year, but if you’re not such a Facebook freak sharing every little excitement that occurs in your life, there’s still some more human, personal and less digitally distorted or perverted ways to make the point on what was really important for you this year. I keep a sort of online photo blog on this website. A way for me to use photography in a minimal way to immortalise the moment and let my memory work on what was around that day or period of time. Traveling is bliss for the mind and I was very lucky to enrich my soul with some amazing trips around Europe this year.
Crete – May 2014
We should be grateful for every light of the day we see, but at the end of the year, it’s a whole chapter of your life you leave behind and should be grateful to complete. It’s not an imported hype reason to celebrate something, or another silly reason to waste money on decoration like for Halloween or Saint Patrick’s day in central Europe. It’s for the simple reason that we invented numbers and letters, mesures and rules, and the result that led us a few centuries ago to be based on the so called Gregorian calendar.
Years are history, it’s a period of time. We all started our life in a specific day, and that year will determine a huge factor about ourselves, our age. We live by comparing and judging, analysing and remembering, looking forward and back, dreaming and forgetting. A lot of things happen in a year, from the most insignificant to the most amazing in a lifetime, like graduation, a loss, something new, a fight, a call, a trip, a revelation… and that’s when we write a date in our hearts.
I believe the period around new year’s eve is a perfect moment to look back and think of all the things we accomplished so far. To look forward for the next year and the ones to come, to be able to see your life as history, written in a big book of “your” life.
Whatever you’re up for new year’s eve, have an inspiring new year.