Thursday, January 2, 2014

Goodbye 2013, Welcome 2014

I am not so good at remembering things, so this is not going to be a rewind post on how 2013 was. 2013 was good for me, well, as far as I remember, all 28 years of my life have been good to me (So now you know how old I am and that I am an optimist). I am bad at keeping my resolutions, so this is not going to be a post on my future goals or resolutions for 2014 either.

If 2013 has taught me one thing, then it is that life is made of lot of unexpected joys and sorrows. The more we plan, prepare, research, and decide things that we would want to do, the more unexpected events are arriving at your door. The only thing I remember is how crazy the world was when we were at the end of the year 2012, an impending apocalypse expected by many. Yet, we survived the frenzy and are very much here to welcome 2014.

Life, to me, is almost surreal.

Surrealism was the cultural movement that started in the 1920s with an aim to resolve the previous contradictory conditions of dreams and reality*. While I am not going to talk about what the previous era was, or what happened during the surrealism movement, I will only share the most amazing piece of the surrealistic movement and the one I admire and associate my time most with.

This is the painting by Salvador Dali, a Spanish surrealist painter. Dalí attributed his "love of everything that is gilded and excessive, my passion for luxury and my love of oriental clothes" to an "Arab lineage", claiming that his ancestors were descended from the Moors.**

The painting - Persistence of Memory# is one of my favorite paintings. I am not a painter, neither do I understand art, but I this painting invokes in me a sense of timelessness, a feeling of extreme turmoil, peace, and despair co-existing within me.

Life, to me, is almost surreal.

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