So the new year has begun. It means we will have more daylight, approximately one minute per day. The darkest hour took place 22nd December, and now it’s with full throttle we travel towards beautiful, blinding daylight. I miss it so much. Naturally, I’m in complete denial about the winter that’s still ahead before spring gets here – we haven’t had practically any snow in Helsinki yet, but it’s surely on its way sooner or later.
In addition to all the well-meaning resolutions for better health and higher aims being made, the long-awaited year of Helsinki as the design capital of the world started off today. I like the way the organizers see it themselves:
We are open. For us, openness equals transparency, global responsibility and innovation. Usability, sustainability and desirability. That is what we are looking for. We design for a better life.
Even if the sentences here are related to design, they could also describe any and all of my favorite political solutions. All relevant keywords are included in one way or another, plus there’s the wonderful word desirability. Not that I think all citizens should always agree and want what politicians have to offer related to e.g. public spending, but it helps, if people also have desire for politics and political decisions.
Here’s what I’m looking forward to in 2012:
- a new president that shares my values
- writing more in order to think more
- crocheting a new dress
- spending more time on literature: read books, listen to interviews, talk about books and writers and writing
- losing the physical souvenir from Laos: 10 kg still holding tight on my waistline
I’m also convinced that something magical is bound to happen as numbers 2012 have a special meaning to me.
♠ In the meantime: When a year comes to an end, it’s always interesting to see the lists we make: best books, best albums, best photos – the list goes on and on. What is positive that most of the lists are positive! Imagine if it was the other way around.
♣ Song of the day: The Civil Wars, The Violet Hour