January 4, 2017

Happy New Year!


I've always found funny how people pretend every new year is like a clean slate in their lives, filled with pretentious resolutions and joy. In truth, the only thing that changes from one year to another, is a number in the calendar. The sun will rise the next day as it always does, and whatever issues and problems you had last year, guess what? You still have them. After all, it is a bit hard to explain to people that things that suck, tend to remain sucking.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not starting a crusade against New Year's resolutions, I believe any excuse you can find to make a point of change (for the better) in your life is a great one. My point is, don't pretend things will be different just because, go and make them different. Start a new chapter on your book, not a new book.

For me, 2016 was a terrible year. Good things did happen, I gained a lot of personal growth, I got to visit family and friends I had not seen and many years. But I also lost so much, things that I've come to realise I won't be getting back, and, while I've made my peace with that, it continues to haunt me. This is my New Year's resolution, to face the demons I created last year, and, eventually, to move on to a point where 2016 won't look so bad in retrospective.

In general, I think the world had a terrible 2016 too. ISIS attacks, Brexit, Trump...The world that had been moving onto acceptance and equality suddenly decided to give in to segregation and fear. We lost some battles, but the war is far from over. We can't keep taking things for granted, we can't keep growing over confident that everyone wants a world where we are all equals. We need to keep fighting, and 2017 will be an important year to show those who feel entitled to their racism and hate cause they won an election that they're wrong. 2016 was merely a setback. I want this to be part of everyone's resolutions.

Putting aside the whole New Year theme, cause it got a bit heavy back then, Sherlock came back this January 1st, and it was a very good episode! I won't be making a review of those, for they are so big and complicated I might end up writing a whole book of theories on it, but I will leave this short story Sherlock tells, and I hope the ones of you who haven't  heard it before enjoy it as much as I did. Don't worry, they're not really spoilers.

"There was once a merchant in the famous market at Baghdad. One day he saw a stranger looking at him in surprise. And he knew that the stranger was death. Pale and trembling the merchant fled the market place and made his way many many miles to the city of Samarra. For there he was sure death could not find him. But when at last he came to Samarra the merchant saw waiting for him the grim figure of death. “Very well” said the merchant. “I give in. I am yours. But tell me, why did you look surprised when you saw me this morning in Baghdad?” “Because,” said death, “I had an appointment with you tonight in Samarra."

Predestination. I've always believed that we decide our fates, that nothing happens cause it's meant to be, but because we make it be. Yet, when things are looking so grim, I found it a bit relieving to think, for a moment, that I had no choice, that it was to happen this way. After all, there's no way to prove either theory. I still believe we choose where we end up, but, sometimes, wouldn't it be nice if it was all fixed already, wouldn't that make the journey much lighter?

The episode ends with this, and it's kind of where I'm standing now...

"Death waits for us all in Samarra. But can Samarra be avoided?"

Anyway, that's enough for today, Happy New Year everyone! take care!

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