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Antonio Gramsci did not like New Year's Day:

I want every morning to be a new year’s for me. Every day I want to reckon with myself, and every day I want to renew myself. No day set aside for rest. I choose my pauses myself, when I feel drunk with the intensity of life and I want to plunge into animality to draw from it new vigor...No spiritual time-serving. I would like every hour of my life to be new, though connected to the ones that have passed. No day of celebration with its mandatory collective rhythms, to share with all the strangers I don’t care about. Because our grandfathers’ grandfathers, and so on, celebrated, we too should feel the urge to celebrate.

And there is something to be said for that. But I still love New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, with its feeling of freshness and potential. I think there is something good about choosing a specific time to reflect on what has passed and what is to come, and to think seriously about how one hopes to shape the next twelve months of one's life.

We had a lovely, mellow New Year's Eve finishing up our Firefly marathon and then watching the first Star Wars movie. Both made us rather melancholy, Firefly because it was cancelled so early and so abruptly, with so many stories left untold, and Star Wars because they all look so damn young. Still, it was great fun to watch the young and dashing Han Solo swash his buckles across the galaxy, and cheer for Captain Reynolds and crew as they fight their way through Reavers to get the truth out about Miranda. It occurred to us both that Captain Reynolds bears more than a passing resemblance to Captain Solo, even down to the stripes on his trousers. And of course the aforementioned dashingness. Big damn heroes, both of them.

The last eighteen months have been a real roller-coaster for me and mine, and I am devoutly hoping that 2016 will be a more serene period. I also hope to do more writing -- yes, I say this every year, and so far have failed, but that doesn't mean I give up on it as a goal. I also plan to take a page from teddyradiator's book: "to keep my zen, to play more, and to cherish my friends."

Many hugs and warm wishes to all for the new year!

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nocturnus33
Jan. 2nd, 2016 08:03 pm (UTC)
I love Gramsci quote! More than New Year party I like the quietness of January the 1st; it is like open a new copybook; to be in front of the future's white paper.

I hope 2016 would bring the calm you are seeking,
delphipsmith
Jan. 3rd, 2016 03:44 pm (UTC)
it is like open a new copybook; to be in front of the future's white paper. -- Oh yes! What a lovely analogy :)
mimimanderly
Jan. 2nd, 2016 09:07 pm (UTC)
I'm with Antonio on this one; holidays are arbitrary dates, and I prefer to decide for myself when my "time for renewal" might be. Usually, it's in September -- a hold-over from school days, perhaps? Or it might be any time I just get tired of myself and decide that some things -- or everything -- about me needs a major makeover. I'm kind of like The Doctor that way: every so often, I "regenerate".
delphipsmith
Jan. 3rd, 2016 03:43 pm (UTC)
What a nice thought, to regenerate oneself periodically, even if (unlike the doctor) we can only do it mentally/psychologically. Living and working in the academic world, I too get a sense of that in September when all the students come flooding back to campus. Looking, I might add, younger every year...
lash_larue
Jan. 3rd, 2016 02:18 pm (UTC)
The Fox executives responsible for mishandling Firefly so egregiously should be forced to watch "Scream Queens" on an endless loop. Then be fed to honey badgers.

Best ensemble cast ever. I met Adam Baldwin once, he signed my Firefly DVD with Jayne on the cover. Nice guy, and big!

Wishing you enough boredom to allow you to do what you want,

L
delphipsmith
Jan. 3rd, 2016 03:40 pm (UTC)
Honey badgers, yes!!! I weep at the thought of all the stories we'll never get to see and all the backstories we'll never learn.

Wishing you enough boredom to allow you to do what you want -- Ha! That might be the nicest new year's wish I've ever gotten, thank you :)
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