Christmas has come and gone, and I’ve survived it. Always a relief. Now it’s time to look towards the New Year. I know a lot of people are well and truly done with 2020. Personally, I think that anyone expecting the situation to change magically overnight in 2021 will be disappointed. That said, it’s always nice to think of the New Year as a clean slate upon which to write some plans in chalk: subject to change, but outlining our hopes and dreams for the year ahead.
Resolved not to make resolutions
I’m not a big believer in New Year’s resolutions, as I think they only set us up to fail. They provide us with a yardstick against which we judge ourselves, and with which we then proceed to beat ourselves if we don’t measure up. I would rather say that I have ‘New Year’s inspirations.’
Last year’s inspiration was to download the Complete Works of Shakespeare to my Kindle. I had a crazy notion in my mind that I might try and read the entire thing in a year (if I’d resolved to do this, I would have become resolutely disappointed.) However, by having that book handy at all times, I was able to read and revisit my favourite quotes, cite them in my work, and even foster a love of Shakespeare in my eldest son (we read and watched The Tempest during the first lockdown, and we’re currently reading Richard II.) So this inspiration worked out well, and it will continue to inspire me into 2021.
Inspirations for 2021
At the moment, I’m inspired by the idea of sharing more poetry on Twitter. I think Twitter can be a great vehicle for sharing and promoting concise works of poetry. So I will challenge myself to write one single-tweet poem every day of next year. If I don’t manage this, I won’t beat myself up. Even if I only make it half way through, I’ll have 182.5 poems to add to my archives! If you write poetry on Twitter, I would love any hints and tips that you can offer. You can find me @Experimentsinfc.
I am also inspired to submit more poetry for publication. Therefore I will aim to try to respond to calls for poetry submissions at least once per month. The reason I don’t do more of this is because I enjoy the immediacy of sharing my words with you right here on this site. A further publication goal is to work on manuscripts for poetry collections, of which I already have several in embryo. This will involve organising my poetry archive and collecting works together into publishable format. I have no set date for doing this, I just want to keep it on my inspiration radar.
The best laid plans…
The problem with resolutions can be summed up in my previous Quarantine Diaries post. I resolved to take some time out from this blog. So far, I’ve only managed to take a break on Christmas Day. Because the truth is, I am lost without my writing. As long as I’m inspired to write more every day, that’s enough resolution to get me through the coming year. We can’t control external circumstances, so it’s important to let go, go with the flow, and write in the gaps we carve out for ourselves within our busy lives. For me, this is a kind of sanctuary.
Wishing you all the best for 2021, whatever challenges it brings, may you continue to find inspiration!
P.S. The Featured image is from the ascent of Stol, a mountain I was inspired to climb when I first arrived in Slovenia in June. I had to wait for the right moment and eventually, in November, I found it.