Small notes from January

I’m not sure how it happened, but this year I caught myself not detesting January as much as I always have. Sure it was cold, took forever (five Mondays in one month is a bit much, no?)… but things started to grow in January. I am even a bit optimistic while writing this. Who’d have thought, huh?

In the last months I have learned that grass doesn’t grow when you try to pull it out of the ground. This, of course, is an expression and not something I actually try to do whenever I find myself in a park or garden. Plants only grow with both sunshine and rain. We has humans also need moments of less fortunate things to accompany the happy, beautiful and sweet things life can give.

I like to think that this past month I have finally found some sort of solace and acceptance within that knowledge. I still wish I was more poetic with my words, but I think that may be my wish to make things sound better then they really are. But in all honesty, January wasn’t as bad as… I thought?

Let’s talk a bit more nonsense though. Here’s some of what I got up to in January:

Books read: ‘Self Reliance’ by Ralph Waldo Emerson, ‘Doing It!’ by Hannah Witton, ‘Houd moed’ by Toon Tellegen and ‘What I Kow For Sure’ by Oprah Winfrey (see Goodreads)

Movies watched: ‘American Sniper’, ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’, ‘The Post’, ‘Paddington’, ‘The Darkest Hour’, ‘The Red Turtle’, ‘Mechanic: Resurrection’, ‘Downsizing’. (see Letterboxd)

Interesting quotes I stumbled upon:

“Do whatever brings you to life, then. Follow your own fascinations, obsessions, and compulsions. Trust them. Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart.”
― Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

“Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self Reliance

Most listened-to tracks:
Macklemore Glorious (feat. Skylar Grey)
The National  Carin At the Liquor Store
Tom Rosenthal Middle of My Mind

Now, I’m afraid to say… but there’s only one month I enjoy even less than January: February. But we’ll never know, I might surprise myself again! And then again, I have some good things on the agenda for this coming month. Another poorly translated Dutch expression for you: life is a party, but you have got to be the one putting on the decorations… and I dare you to put on some decorations this coming February.

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