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recollections of an artist

Ahhh, 2013… the time has come.  We always knew it would, but now that it’s here, the lack of surprise isn’t making this event any less climatic.  Yes 2013, this is where we have a parting of the ways.  After tonight, we will never see each other again.  All we will have are the memories.  I’m going to be quite honest with you, I will probably remember very little of you as time goes on.  You can hold a grudge about that if you want, but I’m only human.  If you find someone who can remember all the seconds of all of your 365 days, my hat will be off to them.

I don’t know how it was for you, but I can say that from my perspective, it felt like we were…how do I put this subtly….a little out of sync?  It wasn’t that you were full of surprises or caught me off guard.  In fact, most of the time I felt like there wasn’t much chemistry between us, except for those few stretches that filled me with emotion or caused me to stop and refocus my attention on meeting my new needs or yours. There simply wasn’t spark.

Don’t get me wrong, it certainly wasn’t all bad.  We had our good moments.  Graduation, artistic adventures in Europe, new friends, escaping the wrath of the flu yet again.  And let’s not forget the introduction of Netflix’s new series, Orange is the New Black.  I know you are already aware of your characteristics and highlights.  I just wanted you to know that I greatly appreciated quite a few of your better qualities and they certainly didn’t go unnoticed in your evaluation .

This is going to sound like a shrug off, so I am not going to try and dress it up.  It’s me, not you.  I need to move on.  I’m not ready to end it here and settle down forever. I have ideas for 2014!  Improvements to be made, unexpected surprises and more art to make!  Not to mention the fact that I haven’t achieved my goal of having a horse suddenly appear at my door ready for a great ride.  At this point, I think we know each other too well and to try and change now seems like a dead end.  I want to end it here and part on good terms before resentments come up.  That’s fair for both of us, don’t you think?  We owe it to each other.  

On that note, let’s shake hands and leave the rest for another time.  Don’t call me.  I’ll call you…in time.  In the famous words of Ron Burgundy, “You stay classy 2013”.

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