Here we are. The end at last. The final day of this year long journey.
It feels strange to be writing this down. I’ve been preparing for this since I first decided that this would be the day. But now that it’s here, I’m not sure how to handle it. This feels oddly surreal.
Breaking an old habit is never easy. I’ve been pushing that number higher and higher every day for so long now that it feels unnatural to be rid of it. My life has transformed so greatly over the course of this last year, with the only thing holding consistency being that counter. I’ve moved house several times, held several different jobs, and watched many people in my life come and go. Having this silly little number attached to my work has made me feel oddly… safe.
But nothing lasts forever. Eventually, all things come to an end. That’s not a bad thing, of course. An ending, happy or sad, keeps us grounded. Death, be it your own or that of something familiar to you, gives us stakes. Without it, all stories would be devoid of tension, consequence or fear. They’d all be comedies, and lackluster ones at that.
Nevertheless, it’s never easy to let go. It’s a piece of cake to maintain the status quo. But if you want to progress, move on and become a better artist and person, then you have to leave your comfort zone. You need to push yourself and try new things, all while letting go of the past. Today is the time to do just that.
It’s time to say farewell. But before we go, I’d like to give you a quick word from the wonderful poet A. E. Houseman.
Smart lad, to slip betimes away
From fields where glory does not stay,
And early though the laurel grows
It withers quicker than the rose.
Eyes the shady night has shut
Cannot see the record cut,
And silence sounds no worse than cheers
After earth has stopped the ears.
Now you will not swell the rout
Of lads that wore their honours out,
Runners whom renown outran
And the name died before the man.
So set, before its echoes fade,
The fleet foot on the sill of shade-
Hold on a damn minute! I’m not done yet! I have so much shit left to talk about! I’ve still got to talk about Avengers: Endgame and Godzilla: King of the Monsters when those come out! And One Punch Man season two is around the corner, I can’t miss out on that! Shit, who will tear apart the new Hellboy movie when that’s out?! That shit looks fucking terrible!
WHO WON’T TALK ABOUT STAR WARS EVERY TIME ONE OF THOSE IS CRANKED OUT EVERY YEAR?! WHERE ELSE WILL PEOPLE GO WHEN THEY DON’T WANT TO DEAL WITH THAT FRANCHISE AND STILL TALK ABOUT NERD SHIT?! ASIDE FROM ANYWHERE ELSE, THAT IS!
Fuck, I can’t let this go any time soon at all! There’s so much left to talk about, so much left to do! Hell, I’ve got to get ready! I have so many plans that I need to prepare for! I’m going to keep going until I fucking die with this!
I’ll see you guys later today for the release of the new schedule! Things are changing going forward, and I hope you’ll stick with me through it!