New year, Old me

From: Dena
Date: Mon, Jan 1, 2018 at 3:17 PM
Subject: New year, Old me
To: J

I, Robot was on TV new year’s eve. And while watching a mediocre movie from 2004 (with some fairly hefty logic flaws) wasn’t exactly my plan, I was way too comfortable under my blanket to change the situation. As Will Smith was shooting at spindly chromebots in vain, I was passively scrolling through Instagram’s rather saturated posts (also in vain) – all variations on one of three themes: 1) new year, new me; 2) 9 best moments, #blessed but also #stressed; and 3) 2017 needs to die and so does my liver. Sometimes I wonder whether social media really has expanded our boundaries and our thinking… or whether it’s just made us skip steps in critical thinking to arrive at the same fortune cookie filtered conclusions. The predicted Robot takeover seems to be more of a takeover of the mind than a flesh vs chrome battlefield. Not so much “I, Robot” but I=Robot. I’ve been digging too deeply into Will Smith movies recently – a December theme apparently. I watched Collateral Beauty on the flight home. It boasts a pretty incredible 14% rating on Rotten Tomatoes (which I think is rather harsh- it wasn’t perfect but 14 is rough). It’s the story of a grieving father who sends letters to abstract concepts – love, time, death – castigating them entirely. The concepts then visit him (kinda) and admonish him for banishing love, wasting time, and misunderstanding death. The movie tries to do a lot of things, so it falls short, but it – in combination with flight altitude – did make me cry and contemplate resilience and vulnerability, which is better than most movies. I have beef with a few abstract concepts too – maybe I’ll write them.

Dear restlessness, please back off. Dear self-doubt, I don’t know how to say this, but you’re kind of a bitch. Dear love, we’re cool.

What concepts would you target?

Anyway, happy new year! I hope 2018 brings you surefooted ascents and summits of all kinds, with inner peace and self-love paving the way.

Oh and, happy birthday!! So many rich experiences packaged into so little time – here’s to many more ❤

Lots of love,
Dena
 

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