New Year, New Me

Resolutions. I’ve never been really good at keeping them. I tend to forget them or simply break them. Yes, I’m guilty of it just like you. πŸ™‚ Nevertheless, I came across something that challenged me not just as an aspiring writer but also as an individual.

What’s this you’re asking me? Well, this is Neil Gaiman‘s advice to young artists at the CT Youth Forum’s Student Roundtable Discussion held on the 1st of December 2012.

How can I not be inspired? His words of wisdom here actually brought tears to my eyes and a smile on my lips. And not just because I love him as an author but because he inspires. Period.

Everyone needs an inspiration if only to push yourself to your limits or at least try something new without worrying about what others think about you. Mr. Gaiman’s speech here is my inspiration and one that I will follow this New Year.

I am already making small improvements in myself which I am liking day by day. And I think I am quite ready to face 2013 as the new me. πŸ™‚

Here’s what Mr. Gaiman said during the panel discussion.

β€œSaying that we have enough artists is like saying we have enough scientists, we have enough designers, we have enough politicians β€” we have enough politicians β€” but, you know, nobody gets to be you except you. Nobody has your point of view except you. Nobody gets to bring to the world the things that you get to bring to the world β€” uniquely get to bring to the world β€” except you. So, saying that there are enough writers out there, enough directors out there, enough people with points of view. Well yeah, there are, but none of them are you. And none of those people is going to make the art that you are going to make. None of them is going to change people and change the world in the way that you could change it. So if you believe somebody that says, β€œno, no, we’ve got enough of those,” then all it means is that you are giving up your chance to change the world in the way that only you can change it.”

Remember, nobody gets to be you except you. πŸ™‚ This will be my mantra for 2013. And now, I’m eager to fulfill this resolution of mine that I will bring something entirely unique to this world.

Happy New Year everyone!

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2 thoughts on “New Year, New Me

  1. He is right!! No one can be me, no one can irritate Walt, Wally and Carmen the way I do, no one can drive my sisters Mila and Zeny crazy the way I do, no one can share juicy gossips with my brother KB the way I do, no one can make my family get on each others nerves the way I do but at the start of the day, no one can whip up a good latte like the way I do!!!

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