Spent the last few days considering what may lay ahead in 2016. Much of the previous 12 months has been peppered with events and emotions I’d rather not repeat. That said, stargazing upon Mount Teide for my birthday was definitely the highlight of 2015. If you ever get the chance to visit Tenerife then I suggest you take a guided tour to this (currently) inactive volcano. What makes it a unique spot for stargazing? No air pollution! No aircraft are allowed to fly over this part of the island and there’s also no artificial light either. Vilaflor is the last settlement you will see on your way up at 1400 metres. I recommend stopping here for a hot drink and breath in the thinning air.
Last year also saw my reading mojo return, helped in part to the reading marathon I did in May supporting the Myaware charity. Thankfully this has carried over into this year and I no longer feel trapped into only reading books under the 250 page count. Although very little has changed over the years I have used it, GoodReads is a very useful tool for discovering and sharing the best and worst that reading has to offer. The challenge for 2016 is to read 20 books where I managed 17 in 2015.
Reality vs. Escapism
I like to be entertained. Too much reality in my day-to-day living makes me feel very dull. Escapism is protection from the dire monotony that can so easily creep into the veins and strangle the heart. I feel happy that I’ve kept the ‘child inside’ pretty healthy during my adult years. Things don’t always go to plan and maintaining a healthy balance of reality vs. escapism is my constantly evolving and shifting battleground.
Yet there is one area that has been in a progressive decline ever since it peaked during the early to mid ’90s. My appreciation of music seems to have waned severely over the decades since. I suppose this is a natural event due to friendships that I had, that were music-influenced, now no longer my core friendships. There are remnants of those ties but as the friends, that are left in these circles, no longer have that influence over me each day I really can’t expect too much. I find that kinda sad to say as there have been some great records over the last few years that I have loved(Arctic Monkeys & QOTSA) it’s just that these are far less than the glory days of the 1990’s.
Writing fanzines during my peak musical-influenced years to writing online, since 2006 has definitely shaped my outlook and allowed for some excellent reality/escapism balancing. I hope to continue this with during 2016(and onwards) with my journal writing.