2020 has been a weird year I was looking back trying to think of a highlight experience to write for my Best Of The Year Series
…. One interesting writing philosophy I low key follow is that you must do something worth writing about. One’s writing derives a great deal from what one experiences whether literally or vicariously like psychologists say you don’t magically conjure up the face of a stranger in a dream, its your brain processing from faces you have seen.
Anyway 2020 with its lockdowns hasn’t given much in the way of opportunities to experience the kind of things that would be traditionally deemed as worth writing about… but then sometimes its all about perspective
I might not have travelled more than 7km from my gate in the past 8 months but the internet has been like a portal into worlds beyond, its always been that way, but more so this year when the world stood still.
I have had virtual coffee with virtual friends, attended live concerts and theatre productions from home, I have conducted virtual interviews, tutored blogging classes via the internet, even helped nationals from other countries improve their conversational skills in English, have had virtual meet-ups with members of my book club.
… Although still haven’t gotten round to executing virtual blogger meet ups, just so can put faces and voices to the unmet friends from the internet… but it will happen.
Virtual meetings are not without their drama, like when someone asks you to turn on your camera and you aren’t presentable so you have to pretend the network is unstable, can you hear me ha! Or just switching off your camera because you are tired of looking at yourself, or so that no one sees you aren’t paying attention, no?
How about a power cut in the middle of a presentation, now that’s real drama, but not as bad as sharing the wrong screen or a not suitable for public notification popping up while you are sharing your screen… At least its not as scandalous as those who have live-streamed their sex thinking their cameras are off during a Video Conference.
Again I got to fall in love with the geometry of the internet, everyone equidistantly a click away.
When the year begun I had a dream that I might tour Africa (even the world ha) visit people and places, have a cup of coffee and right about it… and then lockdown happened, yeah can you see through my nice little convenient way to phrase it when I probably wouldn’t have done this because I cant afford it?
One can dream, if you cant do the things worth writing about, then have dreams worth writing about.
Whats been your highlight experience this year?