I’d argue that our sense of time duration is increasingly tempered to our social media and technology consumption – memes, news stories, events and so on. It feels like 2016 felt pinned together by loss (public and personal) and generally a feeling of pessimism and paranoia in equal measure. There are also gains, new people met, new adventures and new beginnings that have started in this year that shouldn’t be forgotten (plus, I’m going to be an Aunt for the first time!).
I feel that in some social media outlets I’ve been a little more forthcoming, and maybe more reserved than others. I tend to soak up the surrounding atmosphere like a sponge, so whenever there’s a negative spill of emotions across the internet, I will most likely be away from my phone or my netbook.
But there have been some great things, I feel. My first poetry book got published, and I can’t wait to start working on another one! I’ve been working on spoken word and some musical pieces, some of which have been played on radio stations. I performed at the Bifrost Cabaret and produced my own spoken word show, which I still can’t believe I’d done! I’ve also passed my Viva and am crossing my fingers for a good corrections result.
And I still can’t believe that I actually taught a class of seminars! Students who listened to me (some of the time) and took pleasure in their work. I marked things! Amazing!
I’ve got a lot of ideas for what I want to do for next year – some of which I’ve been prepping for and reading up on – so these will be revealed very soon. New Years Eve is not really a monumental event for me in the whole scheme of things – but I hope this cluster of sadness and negativity will change polarities very soon.
Take care and love you all!