Listening to my own mind a few days ago, I realised that it had been at least three to four months since I wrote a story. By that I mean a story I looked at and was happy. It comes as no surprise to me thus that my skills with the English language have been falling and that my literary ventures have always been stopped by some seemingly unknown, yet frightfully corporeal factor - laziness.
'Tis a guilty pleasure, indeed. I have known no other time of my life when I had so much to do and yet I passed away most of this time being busy with absolutely nothing.
This particular facet was best enhanced when an old teacher of mine took a new class on soft skills development and taught us time management. He told us of this Quadrant of Waste where we busy ourselves doing absolutely nothing of note.
I did a couple of things of note, now and then, but in effect there was (and still is) a void that yet remains to be filled. Is it the void of not posting to my dear confidante, with or without a mask, or is it something else, altogether? Perhaps if I return to regular blogging, I might get to know one fine day. But torn in bits between this one and another, I do not know.
The year comes to an end - the dull aching that 2009 left behind seems to have lifted off the start of a new decade. The second millennium enters its teens after three more years - but knowing how puberty sets around these years, I would not be surprised if the forthcoming year turns out to be precocious while being worryingly immature.
Suffice to say that I will have left my teenage far behind and will most likely have set in the rhythm of a now-familiar life.
This past year has also been quite the teacher, teaching me everything from the basics of writing to the advanced intricacies of handling situations I previously thought went above and beyond anything that I could ever have done. Funnily enough, I can say the same about a number of people I know - as they all look up to a different, if not difficult, future. But what mysteries will 2010 hold? I have no idea.
But I am brimming with ideas and a single resolution - I will not let 2010 go to waste. Not my 31,556,926 seconds. No sir, not one bit.