Happy New Year’s Eve Eve!
This post is going to have to be a little on the brief side–since Christmas was last week, I didn’t even get to start writing this until just a couple days ago. But as my last blog post of 2019, I’ll try to do it justice.
I’m going to use this as an opportunity to introduce everyone to my vision for the year ahead.
First, on a personal note, my New Year’s resolution…
I usually don’t bother. I’m not sure I ever have. I’ve always found resolutions difficult to come up with, and even more difficult to keep track of after the fact. But I have one this year. A big one actually.
2019 has been the fastest year of my life. It was both good and bad, but it was over before I could even finish absorbing it. And all anyone ever says is that life only gets faster and faster and faster.
I’m not a fan.
So my resolution is to learn how to live for each moment. To live fully in the present. It’s not at all how my mind usually works, and it’s going to be a huge challenge, trying to rewire my brain like that. But it’s also the wisest choice I feel I can make at this point in my life.
I have spent my time so far on this earth trying to either approximate the future or interpret the past. Living solely in the here-and-now has been something reserved for special occasions. But the truth is, being alive is a special occasion. And if it’s going to be such a whirlwind, then I might as well enjoy the ride.
I know myself well, and change does not come easily for me. This is something I will have to do on purpose every single day.
As for our journey together into 2020, I’ve had an idea in the back of my mind for years, and now I’m about to push it as hard as it can be pushed…
We are officially entering the 20s!
And 1920 now being a full hundred years ago, I believe the time has come to echo the Roaring 20s in both style and spirit. Obviously, we’ll modernize everything, but there are a lot of beautiful ways we could embrace this, and I plan on discussing it in far more detail in future posts.
This idea stuck with me after I came across this particular text-post several years ago. It not only made me aware that the 20s were forthcoming, but also gave me the perfect name for them: the Screaming 20s. That’s what I’m going with; I think it is completely ideal. Not only does it imply that the “roaring” has now raised in frequency, it also captures my generation’s underlying panic.
I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to dive right in.
What a decade of glamour it was. What a decade of brilliance. Just to think of the 20s is to hear the jazz and be dazzled by the glitz. It was in every sense a gilded age, with all the rotten societal problems you’d expect of the time, coated in diamonds and champagne.
We’ve got the rotten societal problems in spades–all we need now is the fun attitude.
And I’m being serious. My generation is literally known for being depressed. But guys, I think it’s time to shake it off–and shake it up. We’re still young, and we need to smile and dance and paint the town red before we’re old.
Here’s what I propose:
2020 is basically here. Read The Great Gatsby. It’s a super short book, and a really good one. Or hey, watch The Great Gatsby (2013).
It’s a well-done film, and utterly stunning in a visual sense.
If you’re looking to get a feel for the decadence of the 20s aesthetic, you couldn’t do better than this movie.
I can’t wait to talk about all of this in-depth.
In the meantime, I hope all of you have a freakin’ awesome New Year. And remember, it’s never too early to start screaming.
Have a beautiful week.