So it’s 2016, which is as much a surprise to me as it is to anyone. Where does the time go? A few years ago now, David Gemmell told me about a friend of his, an elderly gentleman, who suggested that we feel time passing more quickly as we age, because we experience less new stuff each day. As children, everything around us is new, or we’re doing new things, exploring and discovering new knowledge. As we age, in general, our days are filled with very similar things, and there’s little new or surprising in each of them. So our experience of time is based on the density of our memories for any given period. More memories of different things and the passage of time feels slow, fewer memories and the passage of time feels quick. The aim then, is to keep doing new things, discovering new things, experiencing new things, and thus, slow down the passage of time.
I don’t know how true it is, but I don’t see the harm in trying.
I pay lip service to new years resolutions usually, if I go that far, and although I’d like to think this year is different it probably won’t be. However, even in the face of obvious failure it’s usually still worth having a shot, so here are my new years resolutions for 2016.
- Drink more.
- Eat more.
- Photograph more.
- Watch more films.
- Be happier.
I know that being happy is not really something you can choose (others might disagree), but you can take steps to increase the chance of it working that way – if you have the energy (there’s the kicker). I don’t drink much alcohol any more, partly because we’re not in the situation where alcohol is often consumed very often, and partly because of the diabetes. There’s a lot of sugar in beer, and alcohol screws with your blood sugar on top. However, I do like a bit of whiskey and people keep buying it for me. So I really should drink it. I resolve, within reason and within sensible measures, to drink the whiskey I have in the cupboard and to bloody enjoy it.
I already eat too much so the second one might seem odd, but I tend to eat too much low quality food. What I want to do, is eat too much high quality food (or, a more sensible amount of high quality food, as an alternative). I want to eat more exciting things and less boring things.
I’ve struggled with getting out to take photographs in the last few months. Part of this is because my sister died in the latter part of 2015, after a short and devastating battle with cancer. I was on the road a lot visiting her, and while my battle wasn’t anywhere near as hard as hers (clearly), I pretty much expended all of my energy and had nothing left over. Most of that travelling took place at weekends, which was the only time I really had for photography, so it took a back seat. Then Christmas was upon us faster than we could imagine, we had a lot of work to do helping Greté’s mum and step-dad move house, and now it’s the new year. So, in 2016, I will take more photographs (and I will try and be less negative about the output).
I love films, I should watch more of them. I will watch more of them. You can’t stop me!
Part of being happier means expressing myself again, writing, and that means blog posts. I like writing them, because they help me understand how I feel, even when they’re about nothing more than how my day has gone. So, I intend to overhaul the blog, replace the template with something a) cleaner, b) less black, and c) easier to maintain. And I intend to blog, to alleviate stress, to ramble, to solidify my thoughts and to share (maybe) my photographs.
Here’s a funny picture of some cats.