Everyone keeps talking about New Year’s resolutions, so I thought I will write a little post about it as well. This last year was a truly big eye opener for me, and it was a year where all the illusions clouding my perspective fell away. It was as if reality hit me all at once: the illusions of who I am, what I am capable of, and how the world works around me disintegrated gradually. Now when I review this year, it seems like it was the hardest I have ever experienced, whilst also being the year in which I grew the most.
I was never a fan of dedicating myself to one thing if it required a rigid and disciplined routine. The restless need to have freedom in making my own decisions on the go, and spending my day according to how I feel, have always been of the utmost importance to me. Any rushing or planning ahead stressed me out a lot, and knocked me off balance. But recently I’ve come to view freedom in a slightly different, healthier light. I sense it in peoples’ confidence, whereby through hard work and experience they have found a natural sense of freedom arising spontaneously; thus they can express their true essence with ease. This new perspective inspired me to challenge myself; to finally shed the old skin that keeps dragging behind me, and assist the seeds of my new self to sprout. Those who followed me so far on my journey of self-growth know that there were lots of things happening this year and difficult lessons which resulted in my old, outmoded and new self coexisting uncomfortably. Now all I want is to change the way my life feels currently, to match my new outlook perfectly.
So… I am starting a 365 day photographic project. It feels scary, because as I’ve mentioned before, I am not a person of routine. I want to improve on my skills, and see where the daily exercise of photography will take me in terms of new skills, strength and the persistence required to strive towards my goals. Since I was always fascinated with the human body and did a lot of nude and art portraiture in the past, it felt appropriate to make this project about something I truly enjoy – exploration of self. I wanted to give myself total freedom to express whatever arises, playing with styles and ideas, so I’ve opened a new Flickr account which you can find here. It would mean the world to me if you were following my year-long journey, or even participated with your own 365 day project! Sound interesting? All you have to do is open a Flickr account and post a photo/illustration/design a day. Any crafts and trades are welcome! Let’s make things beyond rewarding and fun by doing it together! 🙂
In the end, I wish that the year 2018 brings more clarity to how we perceive who we all are, opening our eyes to our own magic. May we all become who we are meant to be, as there’s nothing else more spectacular, special and beautiful in this world, than people who are their true authentic selves!
Happy New Year! 🙂