2020 was...a year.
I honestly struggled to come up with anything to post in 2020 because frankly, talking about the death of nerd culture and the evolution of the SFF genre seemed a bit well...misplaced during a global pandemic. And on top of that, 2020 was an especially bad year for me health-wise. Right as I started to get my wellbeing on the right track, I got hit by nearly everything. Everything from dental issues to stuff requiring extensive bloodwork...and to top it all off, I had no insurance at the time.
That, and Nurgle Claus gave me the coof as a final parting gift. I'm better now, but yeah. Probably my worst Christmas ever.
Suffice to say, I wasn't really in the mood for blog posts. However, 2020 was also a time of great reflection for me. I made a serious effort to connect with the classics, and discovered ideas such as neoplatonism in the process. I studied up on everyone from Plato himself, to Artistolte, Gemistus Pletho, Lao Tzu Jung and many more philosophical and spiritual figures.
In a way, I feel the last year was a metamorphosis for many people. It made us question who we really are, what we truly value, and what sort of world we want to build in the future. It made me realize how fortunate we are to have the communications technology we do. Without the internet and apps like Zoom and Discord, we'd probably be a lot worse off than we are now.
I took my health quite seriously, and have made sure regular intake of Vitamin C and D are a part of my diet (and should be yours). I kicked refined sugar and in the process, lost so much weight I've actually been turned down when ID'd due to looking like a totally different person. I pretty much had to get rid of my entire wardrobe and as a result, decided it was finally time to buy some band tees. Before 2020 I had been pretty shy outwardly about my love of heavy metal. But now? If it's not freezing cold and snowing outside, I'm wearing something that shows my love of music or retro monster movies. And while it's a minor and seemingly irrelevant detail, for me it's kind of huge to be more open about the stuff I like, and to stop worrying what other people think.
In short, I changed quite a lot. Hopefully for the better. And looking forward towards 2021, I'm planning on doing what I can to make 2021 a brighter year in whatever ways I can. Hopefully I'm not the only one.
And despite all the ugliness of 2020, I'm pleased to say it's the year became a published author. More on that in the next post. But for now I bid you farewell, and pray that the lessons you learned in the last, troubling year are ones you'll carry forth to make your world a better place.