361 days to be exact. So close enough.
Since the end of 2016, I've been reflecting a lot on the past year that I have had. With my 26th birthday being last week and the one year anniversary of this website being next week, the thought of the past 12 months has continued to be at the forefront of my mind.
But rather than dive into personal events again, I'd like to fill this week's blogpost with reflections on this website, what's been added here, and what it has all meant to me.
It all started out of frustration.
Maybe "desire" is a better word.
It all started out of a desire to discuss creativity, a subject I have yet to find anyone in my circle of peers really interested in. Everyday we find ourselves in circumstances beyond our control and there are a small group of us that respond through being creative. I wanted to explore that so badly. And with no one willing to discuss it with me, I instead made a place where I could do so whenever I wanted to with whoever wanted to listen.
That was the initial idea.
But lately I've found that the broad topic of creativity has become more narrow and more personal. It's become difficult anymore to write about creativity as a big idea and communicate it in terms for a large group of people. Instead, each post has become more about my own personal walk and how meaningful it has been in both my everyday life and my spiritual life.
Is that a good thing or a bad thing? I don't know. But I do think it "works".
Looking forward, I'd like to continue what I've been doing over the last 12 months. I'm going to continue to try my best to post something every Friday. I'm going to keep making music (keep an eye out for a new EP in the next few weeks). I'm even going to finally get some others to contribute to the blog (contact me if you're interested).
This is a place that's been a great outlet for my own creativity and I hope it has been a place for you to find some sort of inspiration to be creative yourself. The only thing to do now is keep on going.
The last 12 months weren't ideal, they were never perfect, and they contained more valleys than mountains. My life was weird, unexpected, and never predictable. Every creative endeavor here is because of the bizarre, and yet oh so wonderful journey I've been given to live.
To quote Edward Norton from the ending of Fight Club,
"You met me at a very strange time in my life."
And I hope it continues to be.