by Ruby Bisson
There’s no lying that co-founder Amy Galea and I have a huge crush on prolific author Neil Gaiman. What better way to enter a new year, (with an upcoming new blog name and a new design) than with bite sized New Years wisdom morsels from the man himself, as written on his blog and collated here.
15 years ago Gaiman wrote:
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.
9 years ago:
…I hope you will have a wonderful year, that you’ll dream dangerously and outrageously, that you’ll make something that didn’t exist before you made it, that you will be loved and that you will be liked, and that you will have people to love and to like in return. And, most importantly (because I think there should be more kindness and more wisdom in the world right now), that you will, when you need to be, be wise, and that you will always be kind.
5 years ago:
And for this year, my wish for each of us is small and very simple.
And it’s this.
I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.
Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.
So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.
Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.
Make your mistakes, next year and forever.
3 years ago, backstage at a concert:
It’s a New Year and with it comes a fresh opportunity to shape our world.
So this is my wish, a wish for me as much as it is a wish for you: in the world to come, let us be brave – let us walk into the dark without fear, and step into the unknown with smiles on our faces, even if we’re faking them.
And whatever happens to us, whatever we make, whatever we learn, let us take joy in it. We can find joy in the world if it’s joy we’re looking for, we can take joy in the act of creation.
So that is my wish for you, and for me. Bravery and joy.
And this year, 2015:
Be kind to yourself in the year ahead.
Remember to forgive yourself, and to forgive others. It’s too easy to be outraged these days, so much harder to change things, to reach out, to understand.
Try to make your time matter: minutes and hours and days and weeks can blow away like dead leaves, with nothing to show but time you spent not quite ever doing things, or time you spent waiting to begin.
Meet new people and talk to them. Make new things and show them to people who might enjoy them.
Hug too much. Smile too much. And, when you can, love.
Of course, it isn’t just Neil Gaiman who openly commits to the tradition of sharing their New Year’s Resolutions online, but celebrities and the average pleb, too. Ryan Seacrest told USA Today that this year he’s: “going to try to find my dog Ginger a soulmate. And I’ve got to find one for myself. There’s a lot of work I’ve got to do. I know because I’ve lived with me…” Mark Zuckerberg, creator of Facebook utilised his own platform to share his resolution with the world, stating that his, “challenge for 2015 is to read a new book every other week — with an emphasis on learning about different cultures, beliefs, histories and technologies.” Music sensation Iggy Azalea tweeted “I’m gonna make more of an effort to take care of myself in 2015, stay away from all the drama & hopefully not have any flair ups.”
Even Pope Francis jumped on the bandwagon encouraging all to:
Watch out for anger that can lead to vengeance; for laziness that leads to existential euthanasia; for pointing the finger at others, which leads to pride; and for complaining continually, which leads to desperation.
Take care of brothers and sisters who are weaker … the elderly, the sick, the hungry, the homeless and strangers, because we will be judged on this.
Look after your work, doing it with enthusiasm, humility, competence, passion and with a spirit that knows how to thank the Lord.
For me, an average run-of-the-mill pleb? In 2015 I am pledging to commit. That is all. Commit to friendships and performing projects of quality; to commit to life and not to technology; to commit to progress and not stagnation; to commit to unadulterated, spontaneous adventure.
Happy New Year to you, Wallflowers. I hope you are relentlessly pursuing your resolutions, making them happen, learning and loving not only what you want to, but what you need to. If not, February 1st can be a new start too. There is always tomorrow morning and a fresh cup of coffee to get you back on track.
Ruby is a university student who is best known for her creative methods in avoiding class. She prefers to gallivant in forests and under waterfalls, attempt pottery and mixed media and read novels completely unrelated to her degree. She is loud and messy and contemplative and struggles to stay in one place for an extended period of time. You can usually figure out her location via her blog/ Instagram.