The designation of January first as the beginning of the year is, of course, arbitrary; in fact, in many cultures and traditions throughout the world, it has, and in some cases still does begin at completely different times. But to us, and to all the places in the world that have adopted our system, (whether they wanted to or not), this is the day. We humans are inclined to measure things- to divide the passage of time, for instance, into hours, days, months, years, and centuries- for the sake of organization, and to the provide the order and commonality so necessary for the existence of society. And it does, after all, take 365.25 days for our planet to orbit the sun, so we had to mark it somewhere.
Consequently, to most of our brains, this is the first day of the new year. Mentally, we can wipe the slate clean of last year, and potentially, make the next chapter whatever we wish. (I know, I'm mixing my metaphors here, but whatever- you know what I mean, right?) The future is like a clean, white sheet of paper, waiting for us to make our marks. I'll organize my studio, making space for new ideas, attempt to adopt a new attitude about my job, and consider where I want to go next, looking forward to the new year. I'm hoping that all of you are doing the same; my wish for you is that this year will bring to you all that you hope for.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Where do we go from here?