Tuesday, December 31, 2013

diving in: 13 things about 2013.

I'm not quite sure what to make of 2013. In many ways, it was wonderful; in some ways, it was the complete opposite. It was a year of gains and losses, of rising progress and crashing hopes.

I've never been one for lengthy lists of resolutions, but if I resolve to do at least one thing in the new year, it's this:
"To free us from the expectations of others, to give us back to ourselves--there lies the great, singular power of self-respect." -Joan Didion
I've always been so adamant in telling others to own their narratives. "Don't let someone control your life," I said once to a friend. "Tell your own story."

Perhaps now is the time I take that advice as well.

Writing has always been difficult for me, though I'm convinced it's the only real form of expression I'm somewhat decent at achieving.

When I think back through 2013, the things that stand out the most are the lessons, realizations, and thoughts that I'm taking onward to the next year. So, in no particular order...

13 things about 2013.

I couldn't resist: Marquee is a beautiful publishing platform, though not without its flaws. While I figure them out, you can read my full 'year in review' (which includes thoughts on loyalty, social media, and why I think Jesus probably would have bought a smoke machine) here: 13 things about 2013.

On a side note, some of my favorite reporting I've done this year:
And some of my favorite notes from a coffee shop:
  • i get it now.
    • "Mei gok - "golden land." A land of opportunity. My grandparents didn't do it for themselves; they did it for their children and their grandchildren, and the generations to come."
  • when to say 'ni hao' to a stranger. (spoiler: never.)
    • "It isn't cute, it isn't clever, it doesn't show her how worldly and suave you are. It makes you kind of a jerk: you're assuming, first, that she is Chinese--and no, not all Asians look alike. Second, you are acknowledging that you see her ethnicity before you see her as a human being."
  • who is 'the girl next door'?
    • "To those who continue to argue that we live in a post-racial society, it's important for them to take a careful look at this diverse portrait of America they see and use as their proof that racism doesn't exist anymore, and understand that there is still an unease about this "changing definition" of "being American" that exists beneath it all."
  • we need to change the culture.
    • "What can you say in response to a racial slur that is protected by others who don’t understand the offensive connotation behind the language they’re using? That’s when you realize that perhaps there needs to be a larger conversation so the possibility of a culture shift is in sight; and yet…where is that conversation in the mainstream media? Who’s talking about the anti-Asian statements still pervading society?"
See you in 2014...