It’s the beginning of the new year, and it’s time to start working on those New Year’s resolutions we made, or what? No need to postpone all those good deeds we have planned for ourselves to the last week when the year is no longer new. Let’s start now. No?
I am actually a little ambivalent to those New Year’s resolutions. I think it’s good to evaluate myself and my doings ones every so often, but somehow those New Year’s resolutions end up being grand words and eventually no content at all. I still do them and I still try to make them happen. But more to the point I think it is to continuously work on our projects, to continuously challenge ourselves, and to continuously do the work we need to in our creative sphere.
One thing I am going to do this year is fight the resistance that always challenges my creativity. It’s that resistance within us that makes it so hard to do what we actually want to do. Because of self-doubt, procrastination, distractions, ego, narcissism or whatever it is that makes us believe what we want do cannot be done. The writer Steven Pressfield writes about it in his books The War of Art and Do The Work. He writes that our enemy is all the excuse we come up with, alibis, self-justifications and all the millions reasons why we can’t do what know we need to do.
We rely too much on our rational thinking, which makes us believe that those grand ideas cannot become true. Instead – according to Pressfield – we should more trust our intuition, be more stupid, stubborn and have more passion and blind faith in what we do. And that is what I am going to do. I am going to thrown myself onto those tasks that my rational mind, or fear or the resistance kept me from doing last year. In terms of creativity I will concentrate on three projects where I will blindly, stupidly and stubbornly get myself going. No second thoughts. I have long wanted to photograph my family, do it as a proper project. Not the close family I see every day, but those further out, by spending a whole day with each of them while photographing them. Secondly I want to edit the novel that I did long time ago but then thought was nothing but plain bullshit. I will put my rational mind aside and just make it the way I want it to be. And finally I am going to get my pictures exhibited somewhere. I started the process last year, but got caught up in too much research and lost the courage. No more! Time go let go of everything and just do it.
Happy New Year to you all!
PS. I am still in Honduras. The picture here is from the neighbour country Guatemala taken during Semana Santa in Antigua.