In my opinion, Neil Gaiman is one of the best writers in the world. Not only is he very imaginative and creative, he also has a very positive and insightful attitude about life. Indeed, I always find his New Year’s messages very inspiring. It burrows into our deepest fears and verbalise things I need to hear. For one, I’m about to embark on a huge challenge this year – I’m hoping to secure a new job and establish my career for the long run. I’m both petrified but excited by the possibilities. So, after finding Gaiman’s blog, I’d like to share his New Year’s messages here as a reminder for myself (and all of my readers) too.
Dec 31, 2001
May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art — write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.
Dec 31, 2008
…I hope you will have a wonderful year, that you’ll dream dangerously and outrageously, that you’ll make something that didn’t exist before you made it, that you will be loved and that you will be liked, and that you will have people to love and to like in return. And, most importantly (because I think there should be more kindness and more wisdom in the world right now), that you will, when you need to be, be wise, and that you will always be kind.
Dec 31, 2011
I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.Make your mistakes, next year and forever.
Here’s a link to Neil Gaiman’s blog entry where you can find the above quotes and more! 🙂
In addition, I’d like to share a song by one of my favourite Youtube artists, JJ Heller, for the new year. Armed with a guitar, a harmonica, a wonderful voice, and a hopeful outlook, she’s ready to face 2015. In fact, she listed down some helpful resolutions through this feel good song. So, I guess it’s time to bid 2014 goodbye and pick some tips for 2015 from the Hellers. As she said, “Let’s fight a good fight / Train our eyes to find the light / That makes this year the best one yet! / Starting right here/ Happy New Year!”
What are you hoping to achieve in 2015? Any positive motivation you’d like to share?
Catch you soon! 🙂