“You have done what you could — some blunders and absurdities have crept in. Forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”
2011 has been an interesting year. But I have to be honest.
I’m glad it’s coming to a close.
I had some great master classes which I enjoyed, ( and discovered some amazing talents) , I got married again ( to an amazing woman and a blessing in my life) but two major projects that I had spent years on.. well… one was like watching the fuse to what promises to be a wonderful firework display, fizzle out at the moment of truth. Oh, I could go into the reasons. Some I saw coming and was too far into it to not give it a shot. Ahh, they say the road to hell is paved with good intentions.
The other project was connected to the first. It was more the economics and negotiations with a huge media giant which led me to pull out. Again , it was… sounded like a great idea at the time…kind of thing. But I’m too old and a bit wiser to fall for the same shenanigans these companies play with creatives. I’m still paying off the bills from that one.
But isn’t that what the creative life is all about? Taking these risks? I just didn’t like the feeling of the ground giving way under my feet all at once. I didn’t go the way that everyone thought I should. I tried a different path. We are always in a series of course corrections.
I scrambled to re-tool my business and my goals. Some was born out of panic. Never a good time to make rational decisions. ( Especially with a new wife and two teenage daughters). Finding where what I have to offer would be helpful and needed. What I needed was time to slow down and reflect.
Whether I wanted it or not,,, I got it. And it has helped a lot.
So I’m looking forward to 2012 ( and no I don’t believe it will be the end of the world). But I do see us humans needing to make some major adjustments. I see it in all of the protests. We are no longer going to be satisfied with the status quo. We all have rights to live free and on a healthy planet.
Now is the high time for creativity. It is a renaissance of sorts.