Sunday, November 27, 2016

331: The End


No, not quite the end, but close enough.  Though it is the end of the Catholic liturgical year and tomorrow, the first Sunday of Advent, a new calendar begins.  Endings and beginnings.

As for this blog, it is limping towards the end.  I can say with a fair degree of confidence that I will hit my unbroken 366, though the final result is not quite what I had envisioned.  I wanted to write more but I couldn't, owing in part to my schedule and to my mood.  Non sum qualis eram sum.  On the bright side, I did get into some experimentation, most notable being the Inktober challenge, and that's something I may want to try out for the longer haul in the future.

Still, the main reason this project has turned out the way it has is because sometime in the middle of the year, I lost my optimism.  Politics has a lot to do with it.  Not politics, exactly, but people's response to it.  The Philippines has gotten a whole lot darker, a whole lot uglier, of late.  The joy is gone and in its place, there is just so much noise and so much hate.  This is no longer my Philippines.

In the course of the coming month, the last of the year, there'll be time to think and to reflect as to what will be coming next.  There'll be plans, perhaps a trade of one dream for another, edging towards some new heretofore-unconsidered directions.  The coming year, though, it will be time to withdraw, like the turtle into its shell.