• Personal

    Blink and You’ll Miss It

    26 December 2016

    Recap­ping our year in the form of speak­ing about Jesus, pres­i­den­tial elec­tions, Orlan­do, Christi­na Grim­mie. None of which are mutu­al­ly exclu­sive.

    Bank­side, Lon­don

    It nev­er fails to sur­prise me how quick­ly each suc­ceed­ing year pass­es by. Appar­ent­ly, this is a dig­i­tal age trend: an illu­sion cre­at­ed by our depen­dence on tech­nol­o­gy that time is being sped up. I mean, bless short­cut keys on lap­tops. Although, I’m not sure about the new Mac­Book touch bar sit­u­a­tion. Being Gen­er­a­tion Y, it would be quite hyp­o­crit­i­cal of me to preach about how social­ly unhealthy it is to fix­ate our atten­tion to tech­no­log­i­cal devices (or com­plain about the new touch bar func­tion on the Mac­Book like I did a sen­tence ago because my new Mac­Book is lit­er­al­ly arriv­ing next Wednes­day). But while truth resides in that sen­ti­ment, that is not the main pur­pose of this arti­cle.

    Christ­mas time is a sea­son of joy, fes­tiv­i­ties, gath­er­ings and cel­e­bra­tion. The obvi­ous text­book response to the ques­tion ‘what are we cel­e­brat­ing?’ is Jesus (because Jesus is always the answer). But the awk­ward week of tran­si­tion between 2016 and 2017 (or more so prepa­ra­tion for said tran­si­tion) begs the ques­tion: what is tru­ly worth our cel­e­bra­tion? What have we accom­plished in the past year that we haven’t before? This past year has shone a light on the polar­is­ing divide that had always exist­ed with­in our soci­ety, but had mere­ly sub­sided with­in the fab­ric of our rou­tine dai­ly activ­i­ties that over time became unno­ticed or ignored (whether relat­ed to pres­i­den­tial elec­tions or unrea­son­able shoot­ings for all the wrong rea­sons). Pol­i­tics, Christi­na Grim­mie, Orlan­do and more impor­tant affairs aside, this year I turned 21, got bet­ter grades, drank more water, met new peo­ple, got a new job, and haven’t been shot yet. It’s mun­dane, but I mean, I hope this clas­si­fies as excit­ing because if this isn’t worth cel­e­brat­ing then I don’t know if there is much left worth to cel­e­brate. Some­times, it’s the small things in life that mat­ter the most. On that note, Mer­ry Christ­mas, kid­dos. Out (with a food coma).

    • Maikel

      This is a great post Jef­frey! Greet­ings!

    • Sergs Remar­ca

      You’re a polit­i­cal sci­ence stu­dent right? you sound like one 🙂 Love read­ing this, Jef­frey!

    • maikel sarache

      Your Jour­nal is pret­ty inter­est­ing, the way you write your posts, and your pics, are amaz­ing! Good Work Jef­frey!

      Maikel.

    • Drank more water.
      Haha­ha.
      Hap­py New Year Jef­frey x

      Viviene Kok
      http://www.vivienekok.com

    • This is so Awe­some!