I like taking stock like this because it’s only when you force yourself through the process that you remember all the thrills – and spills – that made your life worth living.
I often find myself despairing in an existential crisis, quite like this poor guinea pig, and asking, “What am I doing with my life? What have I achieved?” Manually making a list and forcibly acknowledging that you’re not wholly useless is key to keeping sane and moving forward.
Travel was low on the agenda for me because of back-to-back projects that had me fettered to Singapore from April to December. But, what that “imprisonment” coughed up were a music and arts festival (Neon Lights 2016) of which I was Festival Manager; advertorials and case studies for the Personal Data Protection Commission; and copyediting for a first novel by Adeline Pang. I even managed to squeeze in a couple of permaculture classes!
So, you see, if you actually did make a list, you might find that you need a second sheet of paper.
The Promise That 2017 Holds
This isn’t about resolutions. Rather, it’s about realisation and actualisation. We have had the best-laid plans gathering dust in secret alcoves for long enough and now’s the time to see them morph into reality.
And because we thrive on lists:
1. Augmented scriptwriting and copyediting work;
2. Developing urban farming programmes;
3. Expanded academic work – books and lectures (Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, LaSalle College of the Arts).
If any of these coincide with what you do and need help with, write us an email or call us. We’d love to hear from you.
In the meantime, keep in good health and have a fabulous 2017 ahead. ONWARD!