I've really given in to wintry vibes this week. Dark colours, warm coats, chunky boots and the like. I've also started to embrace the festivity of this month. There is a constant buzz of people complaining about how they don't feel christmassy, but last year it really hit me that I can't expect it to be the same as it was when I was five years old because I'm not the same as I was five years old. So, I've decided to reinvent my attitude towards Christmas in a more "adult" way. Don't ask me what that entails because I haven't figured that out yet, but to start with I'm having a festive party tonight and we've got Christmas crisps, mince pies, decorations and the least cheesy of the Christmas music. It helps that I volunteer at the library running craft sessions with young, excited children. Hopefully some of the magic that they feel will reflect onto me.
I've been listening to Lykke Li a lot today. She is so magical. See, already that's something I can add to my "make Christmas magical but don't expect it to be as magical as it used to be" agenda.
I watched a TED talk on introversion at school last week. It was really interesting and helped me to understand more about myself as an introvert and those around me who fall at various points across the introvert/extrovert spectrum. There's a lot of snobbery around the two "types." Lots of people who also watched it started bragging about being an introvert but life would be so boring if everyone was introverted. Besides, society tends to view extroversion as the more desirable state hence the emphasis on group work at school and team work in a number of office jobs. There's not much you can do to change who you are so just embrace and appreciate your intro/extro/amniversion
I've been looking at a lot of Jenny Holzer's "Projections." Below are some of my favourites.
Have a good weekend!