Sometimes the best words are not our own, but ones we borrow.
Neil Gaiman is quoted often at the New Year, for this stellar quote, yet I’m often sad because people leave the best part out. I LOVE when Neil gets excited about the Mistake Making. About the inherent trying and failing and dusting off to try again. So, I hope he indulges me, and my posting his quote in it’s entirety:
MY NEW YEAR WISH
POSTED BY NEIL GAIMAN
A decade ago, I wrote:
May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful, and don't forget to make some art -- write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.
And almost half a decade ago I said,
...I hope you will have a wonderful year, that you'll dream dangerously and outrageously, that you'll make something that didn't exist before you made it, that you will be loved and that you will be liked, and that you will have people to love and to like in return. And, most importantly (because I think there should be more kindness and more wisdom in the world right now), that you will, when you need to be, be wise, and that you will always be kind.
And for this year, my wish for each of us is small and very simple.
And it's this.
I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.
Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're Doing Something.
So that's my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.
Whatever it is you're scared of doing, Do it.
Make your mistakes, next year and forever.
Ah, Neil Gaiman. A man who makes things up in stellar fashion, and, whose every written word is such poetry I do wonder if He has ever made a mistake? But then, I think, Yes, yes he must have. He must edit and rewrite and bicker with his wife and maybe he even gets cross with his kids and his editor and friends. And then he seems far too human and I shut down that way of thinking and turn to Neverwhere or Coraline and revel in his perfections.
Come on friends, let’s go fuck up and make mistakes in 2019. Let’s truly Disturb the Universe. Yours, Mine and Ours… Neil says it’s cool. And, if Neil says we can than that’s all the go ahead I need.
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