‘Life is 10% what you make it, and 90% how you take it in.’– Irving Berlin

 Happy New Year? I feel that 2015 genuinely could be a better year due to being a multiple of 5. Just me? I return after three months of hibernation from writing; this was not a choice. In short, life got busy, complicated and cold, and with the change in season my brain cells decided to abort mission. Feeling extremely regretful at this circumstance, I have decided that 2015 will involve no such hibernation, and short of the occasional break, my self-discipline will be exercised. Problem #495 of being a writer is that when you cannot write about what you are thinking or doing for various reasons, the flow stops. Of course the talking still happens, but away from the laptop and away from print/internet. Could I ever not talk? My Twitter activity levels have also been non-existent since October, so in the spirit of the New Year I’ve decided to break this habit. Do we need change?

This time last year I wrote Column #12: ‘New Year’s Revolutions?’ Most humans are habitual in one way or another, and whilst intending to discuss change, feminism and drugs returned once again (still very important). Addiction is the enemy of change, and it is easy but never advisable to lose yourself when consuming life. Going cold turkey on consumption until perception has returned is difficult, but worth it. After all, consuming is meaningless if there is no time to reflect, and multi-tasking leads to missing the point. Watching a film for a second time can lead to a different perception; do we take the time to receive the intended message in reality? If consumption leads to addiction, is addiction born through a warped perception due to a lack of reflection? If we receive the right messages, can we change?  Whilst New Years’ Resolutions are renowned for being flimsy, they encourage reflection. Although habits could be viewed as a product of addiction, the idea that humans need elements of continuity to give life purpose could be debated. What purpose does change serve us? Regeneration and renewal provide humans with a clean slate; a concept many humans use to progress. ‘Out with the old and in with the new’; are we stuck otherwise? If change is essential to progression, are we ever content in remaining static? According to Socrates, the secret of change is focusing on the new, and what you want, rather than fighting the old. Do we need to receive before we rebuild?

This time last year, I was in a different place. Having re-read several columns for research, I had to remind myself that I was the author. Help. I begin again in attempting to maintain a ‘career’ as a Freelance Writer outside of office hours; really, help. As my last column was dated September 28th 2014 (shame on me), I am hoping that my Editor still remembers me. In this column I explained that I was going to consider more suitable topics of discussion following ideas about Tinder, public singing and Geography (to name a few).  In advance of next week, I apologize.