New Year - Self Portrait by Sam Spratt
So many of us scoff at the notion that a new year can really mean anything more than a marker for the passage of time. The rational side of me is on board with that but just a hair of whimsy keeps me a fan of such markers because—like many—I love the idea of a personal “reset button”.
A mostly arbitrary day where we try to give our various missteps a clean slate, a fresh start, and a new skin is significant not because it actually will magically make the next year a better year—but because it makes us stop to reflect on what COULD improve. Maybe you could try to do a bit better in school, maybe you could be a bit more open-minded, do a little less cocaine, play a little less Skyrim and a little more with your girlfriend (or is it the other way around), maybe give a little more charity, nag your friends a little less… maybe you could even stop painting saliva and fire on everything (ok that one might just apply to me)—the point is… you’ve gotta glance back now and then to know where you want to be next—why not use the arbitrary day of making “resolutions” to do so? It’s not some grand or dramatic thing that will change the course of your personal history… just an acknowledgment to yourself that there is always room for change.
This will be my last illustration of 2011 so thank you everyone so much for making my first as a professional so damn awesome. I wish you the best, and I’ll be back in a few short days to start another year of illustrated weirdness!
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