Today is a day, like any other. Yet it feels like it holds more power. It’s the day we flip the calendar. All those fresh squares stretch out before us, beckoning us to do something meaningful. It’s a reminder that the one thing we can’t get more of is time.
Looking ahead to 2016, the empty spaces are daunting. Although I want to do something to honor the clean slate, I don’t want to do it just because it feels momentous. So I probably won’t be dying my hair pink or bungee jumping any time soon.
In years past, this feeling has driven me to try new things because everyone else is doing it. I see others having great success, and I think I’m missing out. (Publishing articles on the listicle sites comes to mind.) Though more often than not, I convince myself not to chart a new course because I think it couldn’t possibly lead anywhere.
But I realized something important while I was flipping through my 2016 FDNY calendar. (I kid! Or not.) Many of the people I admire for doing really cool and exciting things started with the notion that no one else would be interested. Yet they were brave enough to do it anyway. And their work ends up resonating with people because, I think, they are passionate about it. Gav over at Zen Pencils comes to mind. He creates comic strips around quotes from historic figures, like TR’s “Man in the Arena” speech. At first he wondered if anyone would enjoy these comics as much as he did. The answer: a LOT of people!
All of that is to say, I’ve decided to change the focus of this blog. I’m ready to explore different topics on a deeper level. Some of you might find it interesting and exciting (I hope so!) and some might not. I might be hearing my own voice echo through the empty chambers of Chez Blog. That’s okay.
Sometimes you have to be willing to leave something familiar behind in order to make room for something new. Maybe it’s not the bravery of Rey fighting the Dark Side, but I’m ready to give it a go. (Anyone else seen The Force Awakens!?)
Hope to see you next Friday. Happy New Year!