I have a tendency to get sentimental on the ending of things (and the beginning of new ones). Tomorrow, I’ll be 27. Hence this little goodbye to 26-year old me. I don’t think I’ve done anything extremely remarkable in the past year.
It was the year of One Direction, in terms of art and focus. It was a year in which I found the drive to do something impossible and failed, or at least partly. My artbook full of One Direction art traveled far, but not far enough. It was really interesting to see how my work traveled far on social media, too, as I’m a big geek and that’s kind of my job. The mission is just not yet complete ;)
Other prints of One Direction’s Zayn Malik did make their way to him and I heard about it from his family (but not him, boo). I went to London to see them in concert, and then saw them again in Amsterdam. It made me feel young and really old at the same time. I needed my earplugs. But overall, it was a fun experience. I made some new friends, there, who I will hopefully see again next year.
In other places, I’ve lost some.
The past year was also a fairly difficult one. It started with an insecure time at work (which worked out for the best in the end and now I’m pretty happy.). Then, some physical problems with a mental origin arose. I felt my independence slip away and a fear that I might never be able to walk properly again, took hold. Luckily, I surprised myself by taking action and looking for help, and after some intense, multidisciplinary rehabilitation, I’m literally back on my feet. I know my boundaries, and have a stronger understanding of my weaknesses and strengths.
So, looking back, this year has been average, with a bunch of struggles. Let’s hope the next year will prove a little less trying.
It will include trying to ‘get my mojo back’ in terms of art, and an ongoing campaign to get my art to One Direction. Just because I can. Hopefully, everything in work will go as hoped and maybe I’ll get to work on my social life a little bit more.
I’ve never drawn anything kinky. I don’t know. I don’t think I’d be into drawing kinky stuff and since I’m a portrait artist mostly, I doubt I’d be good at it. But is there a request in there somewhere?
I strained a groin muscle and now I literally can’t even raise my foot without being in pain. I was so comfortable walking and now this Temporarily back to the drawing board. Rest and anti-inflammatory things, right?
Please excuse my ignorance, I seem to be following you not long enough. Why are you in a wheelchair?
I was born 12 weeks early, had a brain hemorrhage and as a result of that I have CP, which for me mostly means I can’t control my muscles as well as I’d like. (Mostly on my left side) The issue is with the signal that my brain givews to my muscles (like with ALS, it just doesn’t translate. Except, mine isn’t progressive like ALS is).
As a result, I have a lot of trouble walking and using the general left side of my body, though there’s also an effect on my right side.
Oh, I feel that, since you guys have been so encouraging and involved from the start of this, I should tell you that I finished my physical rehabilitation cycle a couple of weeks ago.
I’m back to walking inside my house, with some assistance of a quad cane. Still taking my wheelchair to work for now because it’s hard to get into the building without it. Thinking of buying another quad cane to keep at the office so I can use it once I get in, but they’re pricey.
I’m still doing physical therapy and fitness once a week, but around the corner from me instead of, you know, further away in the rehab-place.
I’m definitely more aware of my limits, which makes it easier to push them, but it has also made me more aware of the fact that everything costs me a lot of energy and that I sometimes would rather choose my chair over walking so I won’t be so exhausted that I can’t do my fun things anymore.
Anyway, thank you guys for being here for me. It means a lot.