As I go into 2019, I’ve been reminded of a sunrise that I once watched in Canberra.
As the sun rose across south London this morning while I methodically applied makeup for work, I was reminded of a visit to James Turrell’s outdoor art installation at the National Gallery of Australia: Within without.
The spring morning was freezing and the sky still black when I arrived. I sat in silence inside a spherical stone chamber with a perfectly circular hole in its roof and searched upwards for the Canberran dawn.
Artificial light, first blues then pale reds and oranges, rolled in swathes across the inside of the dome. My brain was tricked into second guessing the sky’s hues outside. First it went lighter but then appeared suddenly darker again, before eventually turning a wan shade of blue. I remember questioning whether the sun had risen at all when I left about 10 minutes later.
Perception is a funny thing.
Whether in tangible forms like how we see light in a space, or more abstract concepts such as opinions and beliefs. Our perception of the world is driven by every experience and in turn has influenced all our desires for the year ahead as well as our memories of how last year went.
As I try to eat healthily and stay off the wine, my mind wanders to a more inspiring thought: Maybe the best resolution is to simply start again. What would we each do with our 2019 if our minds were a blank canvass?
Happy new year to you all and I hope your 2019 is filled with adventure!