For those of you I haven’t yet caught – Happy new year to you! Those of you that have been followers for some time will know that this is something that I take part in early in the new year, I take a look at my latter for last year and write myself a letter to open next year.
Back in 2016 my friend Erin of Bubbles and Beebots tagged me in on this and I’ve been keeping this up since then as I have found this to be an interesting and relevant way to remember where I was a year ago and maybe help guide me on the year ahead.
For anyone who reads this I would definitely recommend giving this a go at least once as see what you think of it. Do it in the way that you think is best, there’s no rules and for me at least this is far more worthwhile that any new year resolutions. This isn’t just about looking back, it’s about looking forward too. I’ve tagged some bloggies on the end of this but really if you fancy it, do it and link it to this post so I can see who and what’s going on.
Last year’s letter is here:
Letter to Myself – Open Next Year (2020)
Hello Simon of 2021, assuming you’re reading this you survived another year and here you are looking into another year with questions, hope and a bit of wonder.
As you know 2019 wasn’t great in many ways, a lot of things went wrong, nearly got arrested and carted off by the police and such like. You struggled for a long time with a lot of it. You need to put this behind you in 2020 and look forward.
But look forward to what?
You need to start listening to yourself a bit, you need to work on the things you want to work on. Ignore the distractions, find the places and times that you can think and do this. You need to work on being you, the full fat (no pun intended) unashamed you. Right now more than at any other time you want to break free of the bonds that make you this normalised robot and be more but you don’t know how and in what way.
Find what you need to be and do it, write the stories, draw the drawings, create the concepts and make them yours. You can do it, I know you can. Don’t let anyone drag you down, you’ve done that for far too long and you know you’re sick of it. You have to be brave, fierce in your pursuit of this. Don’t be afraid to experiment.
Leave behind all that has been and make this year your year and use this to build on in the future. You’ll find the answers you’re seeking, just keep looking and they will come to you. Be kind to yourself as well as others and remember to rest more, it’s a marathon not a sprint.
Read lots of books, write lots, draw lots and live lots when you can. Seek peace where you can learn to be ok with yourself in your own mind and body. Keep looking to the Sun, the Moon and the stars, re-discover them and capture them.
Live life a bit so that when you look back at 2020, even if you’re utterly broke you’ll think oh yeah – let’s do that again!
Now go and get on with it!
© Simon Farnell 2013 – 2021
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