The ongoing flow
The end of a year, the beginning of another. One door closes, another opens. Is there something exciting about it? No. Is there something profound about it? Yes. End of the world? No. Beginning of a dramatically different world? No.
So, what’s the significance?
One of the positive things about getting old – I’m 75 – is the increasing ability to see the flow, the continuum. It may have been fun to indulge in the idea that the World would end, or at least dramatically change, with Y2K or the Mayan Calendar deadline but, the truth, the reality, is that we continue moving along. That’s not to say things stay the same, just that real change is glacial.
But, back to the subject and the subject of this blog is writing and attendant issues. So, what’s the connection with the year end frivolities and writing? I ascribe to the POV that, although there is nothing new under the sun, creativity is alive and well. Contradictory? Sure, on the surface. All the themes have been done, all the stories told, same old words arranged and rearranged. True, but…
The glory of humanity is waking up and pressing on to deal with the daily challenges, the constant mixing and remixing of human activity to suit ever-evolving events. And, for writers, its about connecting with fellow Earthlings to relate, to comfort, to excite, to console, to explain. There is joy in striking the spark of connection, be it ever so brief. We live for it.
Happy New Year…but, don’t take it too seriously.