“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.”
– Neil Gaiman
Neil wrote this wish for the new year in 2014, I stumbled upon it online and I felt it resonating so deeply with what inspires me since I’ve been living in Canada, that I couldn’t not share it here, to give it to me and you, as a wish for 2016, and for the following years.
These pictures are from the late morning of Dec 31 2015, the last of the year, from a frozen but glowing Vancouver, with a sky so blue that mingles with the water.
We walk for hours, me, him, and Peter, from Mount Pleasant to Kitsilano.
We walk along the water, looking at its reflections, as the ice melts under the infinite sun, and white spots resist where the shadow keeps its grip, grass crunching under our feet.
We celebrate New Year’s Eve enjoying what Vancouver offers effortlessly, on a perfect sunny day like this one: the water rippling against the boats, the rhythmic sound of waves on a empty beach, the mountains white of snow.
Blue, green, white. Reassuring colours, what makes to me Vancouver a special place.
Thinking about the year just gone and to the one that is beginning, I send you this wish, of doing, failing, trying again.
Which it’s perhaps the biggest lesson I’ve learned from living here, abroad, where I am now. Although sometimes it hurts, and you can get discouraged, something happens if you keep trying and going on.
May the new year be the time when you will take decisions instead of stay still, may be the time when you will take a new path where the old one had become impossible to follow, may be the time when you will risk something to obtain what you want to accomplish, may be the time when you will learn something new, you will find a new inspiration, you will begin a new project, when you will make mistakes but you will try again.
Saying goodbye to 2015 and looking forward to 2016!
Curious to see what will happen, already digging into my goals list of the year,
among personal and professional goals, creative projects (including this blog!), trips,
and willingness to learn, see, go, and explore.