Saturday, December 31, 2011

Greeting 2012 With A Grinning Spirit

A decade ago, Neil Gaiman wrote on his blog:
"May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful, and don't forget
to make some art -- write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself."

And this quote fully embodies what I desire in 2012.
2011 has been a year of intense, frightening, painful, amazing, magical, beautiful, and refreshing growth. I lost my dearest friend, I grew apart from many others, I felt a lot of pain and loneliness, I made some big mistakes, sometimes I made beautiful things and thought wonder thoughts and hugged amazing people. I found a brilliant person to journey with, I moved to Boulder, I cried a lot and laughed even more. I made huge discoveries about friendship, the power of words and energy, my spiritual self, and just how strong I really am.

I have decided not to have a new year's resolution, has anyone ever actually achieved those silly things? No one I know has, and I know i certainly never have. I believe new year's resolutions are hardly achieved because they are mostly things we feel like we should do to become some ideal version of ourselves that is pressed upon us by the influences of society, and not really desires of growth and experience that come from within. Usually they are just goals to make sure we are living the ideal life, as portrayed by outside ideals and expectations.
We should focus on what drives us, what excites us, what makes our spirit glow. These are the things we will accomplish out of pure passion and desire, not for the means of checking something of a list. We desire to merely attempt them, to explore them, to experience them; not just finish them.

I have thought a lot recently about my passions, my creative spirit and areas of growth I wish to explore.

I have developed a very exciting idea about starting an organization that hosts events to raise money for various causes. The events will be a chaos of creativity; including crafts, art, music, spoken word, and perchance even story telling and dancing! This is an idea I am very, very excited about!

I really, really want to write more fiction! Faery tales and fantasy adventures especially! Give me goblins and dragons and princesses and elves and talking animals and trickster pixies! I also want to explore storytelling! I remember telling my little siblings all kinds of crazy stories when we were younger. Storytelling seems fun, taking people on incredible journey's as they listen, seeing their reactions to plot twist, getting them to laugh or even cry, to entrance them away from reality for just a little bit. It's a powerful gift, I hope I can embody it and use it wisely.

I would like to become even more minimalist and consuming less. I have been fairly good about not buying things I don't need. I have been shopping at thrift stores for most things that I do need. But I could get rid of more things. I am thinking of leaning more towards vegetarian, except fish occasionally. The amount of energy and grain that is used to produce meat is astronomical and I really don't want to contribute to it. I would like to dumpster dive for food to decrease the amount of food I have to purchase. Luckily, dumpster diving is a popular concept here in Boulder so I can find someone to go with!

I would like to disconnect more, I go numb in front of this computer. The internet is so full of knowledge that I want to read, read, read and read! So many blogs, so many pretty pictures, so much good music! But I need to sign off and connect with reality, my actual life. I want to explore nature more, and meditate more, and pray more, and journal more and feel more connected to the universe I am a part of, instead of only being connected to the internet universe I give so much of my self to. This will be hard, since both sides are sides that I enjoy immensely. I just need to balance them better.

I have high hopes for 2012! I hope all of you had a lovely 2011 and I hope you all find your passions and your creative spirits in 2012! You are all brilliant!