I hope you had a great Christmas celebration and, if you had time to spend with your family, friends or loved ones, that you had a wonderful time or, if such occasions are not uniformly a source of joy, that you, nevertheless, found reasons to be happy and grateful.
This year has been unusually challenging for me, so i suppose i am in the company of some others who are anxious and enthusiastic about starting a New Year. It's silly that we put so much emphasis on the calendar, but the symbolism of starting a better future is powerful. I know i intend to make good on my oft-stated platitude that the "best is yet to come".
In my entire year's of photography blogs in 2012, i've tried to put much of my wisdom, reflection and resolutions to be better and enjoy life more. I hope you find value in them or at least try to take pleasure in the little things in life. You realise all these years i love to photo shoot, i love to travel, i love to watch the sunset. I find joy in meeting an old friend, attending a concert at the Indoor Stadium / Esplanade and visiting a wonderful exhibition at one of our museums. I love to read books and listen to music. Reading is an excellent habit. Books keep me company when i am alone. Books transport me to another country, another culture, another time and into the lives of other people. Reading is an endless source of happiness. So is music. I listen to music every day. I thank local bilingual Radio Station 88.3 Jia FM for bringing me so much joy every day.
Lastly, i hardly envy others. One of the reasons which caused people to be unhappy was that they were envious of others. I never envied my friends who had a better education or earned more money or lived in bigger houses or owned more expensive cars. I am contented with what i have which i think this is a good piece of advice for all of you. Philosophically, it would be even better if you could feel vicariously happy when you see your friends doing well in life.
So let me close out the year with my sincerest good wishes that 2013 will be your best year yet! I really hope more of my photography work will be recognised and published in 2013! Cheers :-)