Monthly Archives: December 2010

A year ends, a year begins

The Past

2010 has been one of the most important years of my life so far, and I’ve decided I want to acknowledge that in some way, by posting some thoughts about the journey I’ve taken, and how that journey might continue into 2011.

2010 was the year I became a single man by ending a 20-plus year relationship that had become irreversibly toxic for both me and my partner. 2010 was also my first calendar year without using (and later abusing) alcohol, since I was about 16 years old. You may choose to link these two things; I couldn’t possibly comment…

I’ve gone through various highs and lows (and as someone who suffers from depression I mean that literally), and when the worst low hit me in the summer, I actually thought I might never emerge from it.

But despite that pain, 2010 has above all been a year of learning. And it’s been a team effort. When I stopped drinking I started seeing a therapist, and though thoughts of alcohol are no longer even on my radar, we continue to meet, exploring my view and understanding of myself and other people, to the extent that, when I stop to ponder it, I have to acknowledge that I’m a radically different person from the one who entered 2010.

I’m more aware of my prejudices and limitations, but I’m also more aware of my worth and potential, and that is a massive source of strength.

This autumn that strength enabled me to start dating again, and although I’m no longer with the person I was seeing, it was an experience worth having and I have no regrets.

And The Future

I have mainly positive feelings about 2011 – I’m quite pessimistic about the chances of Maltese society and politics advancing towards 21st century norms, but I’m optimistic about life at a personal level. Having worked hard at better self-awareness and self-acceptance over the last 12 months, I feel more prepared to seize what life throws my way, and hopefully enjoy living it more as a result. I don’t plan to go quite as far as Jim Carrey’s character in the film “Yes Man“, but I aim to be more open to opportunities for new experiences.

There are no resolutions in this post – sure, there are things I’d like to do in 2011, but 2010 has taught me that life is (a) a process, not a series of achievements, and (b) unpredictable. You kind of have to roll with the punches, deal with what you get dealt, while still going after what you want.

However, for all you nosy people, and to end on a lighter note, the things I’d like to do are: get a flatter stomach, drive across Europe, move house, and find my soulmate. Just little things, you understand, nothing major. I should have ’em all cracked by February, then I can relax…

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OMG WTF it’s Facebook meme time

You must have come across the long-standing Facebook meme that appears in the form of an earnest plea for friends to repost a status about mothers, brothers, daughters, goats, etc, being wonderful, followed by a subtle dare that specifies how many people will not repost, intimating in an ever-so-slightly sinister way that if you fall into that bracket, you are somehow inferior and not worthy of something or other.

Then of course came the “cause” status, which attempted to increase circulation by increasing the perceived inferiority concommittant with not reposting. You must have seen some of them, like this one:

Change your profile picture to a cartoon character from your childhood and invite your friends to do the same for the NSPCC. Until Monday (December 6th) there should be no human faces on Facebook but an invasion of memories This is campaign to stop violence against children.

Ah yes, because nasty violent child abusers will see all the cartoons and go “awww, sweet”, and before you know it, they’ve forgotten all about hitting their child… gosh, isn’t naïvete life wonderful?

However, rather than go on at length in this sarcastic vein, I thought I’d share with you some far more entertaining ripostes to this absurd meme. Enjoy.

The Satirical

The Sublime

Please post a picture of your (or someone else’s) ass for colon cancer awareness. The goal is to see nothing but asses on Facebook by January 1st. We’re not sure how, but somehow this will surely cure colon cancer for good. Repost if you’re not an awful, terrible person who hates puppies.

The Silly

Copy this text and put it in your status if you know someone, or have heard of someone, who knows someone. If you don’t know anyone, or even if you’ve just heard of someone who doesn’t know anyone, then still copy this. It’s important to spread the message. And the hearts! ♥♥♥♥♥♥ For fuck’s sake, don’t forget the hearts! ♥♥♥♥♥♥…

The Surreal

Put this on your status if you know someone who has been eaten by a dragon. Dragons are nearly unstoppable and in case you didn’t know can breathe fire. 93% of people won’t copy and paste this because they have been eaten by dragons.

The Cloacal

According to statistics, far too many people use more loo-roll than is necessary. They scrunch it up even before they sit down, just to throw down the pan to stop that old familiar poop-drop splash on the buttocks, or use 18 sheets for a wee when just 4 pieces cleverly folded would suffice. If someone you know uses too much loo-roll, re-post this to your status. 91% of people will not re-post this…

The Obvious

Please put this on your status if you know someone or are related to someone who suffers from stupidity. Stupidity is real and should be taken seriously. You could be sitting next to a sufferer right now. There is still no known cure for stupidity and sympathy does not help. But … we … can … raise awareness. 93% won’t copy and paste this because they don’t know how to copy and paste.


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