One Day in 2012

Day One of 2012. I sit here just having finished David Nicholls’ book—One Day and I think to myself–what a perfect book to end reading at the start of 2012.

One Day is a book about two people’s lives for 20 years.

20 years.

How short can it be that it can be placed in a book?(or in a movie.. for that matter.)

The story involves Emma and Dex, starting at the end of their university stint during the 80’s and ending at their forties.. around 2007. It has a love story in its core, and is an exploration on how one can live one’s life. Funny in a lot of ways as some things are so true, and yes– it has happened to you.

Emma and Dex remind me of me most of the time. Many times growing up has been harder than I thought but such an epic adventure. We don’t turn out the way that we thought we would, but we’re still awesome—and we can get MORE awesome.

If there are lessons from the book– it is that life is short (20 years can be summed up in a book—boggles the mind!) and that … well maybe I should just write an excerpt (a long excerpt)…

“What are you going to do with your life?” In one way or another it seemed that people had been asking her this forever; teachers, her parents, friends at three in the morning, but the question had never seemed this pressing and still she was no nearer an answer. The future rose up ahead of her, a succession of empty days, each more daunting and unknowable than the one before her. How would she ever fill them all?

She began walking again, south towards the Mound. “Live each day as if it’s your last”, that was the conventional advice, but really, who had the energy for that? What if it rained or you felt a bit glandy? It just wasn’t practical. Better by far to simply try and be good and courageous and bold and to make a difference. Not change the world exactly, but the bit around you. Go out there with your passion and your electric typewriter and work hard at…

something. Change lives through art maybe. Cherish your friends, stay true to your principles, live passionately and fully and well. Experience new things. Love and be loved, if you ever get the chance.”

And with that, I start my 2012. I read those lines a few minutes ago and wanted to blog it for posterity. I believe that things always happen for a reason and I needed to read that book. (which incidentally.. I just decided to read it and be book 160-something because it seemed to be calling to me from the bestseller shelf.. har har!)

I’ve always loved the latin phrase — Esse Quam Videri — to be, rather than to seem. I don’t like trying. I’ve tried to live my life by simply not trying. The times that I’ve tried to be friendly, or tried to something or the other… I’ve failed immensely. Either I’m friendly or not, either I’m a terrible tango dancer or I’m not. It seems terrible to think totally black and white about this, but I like the idea of being a mixture of doing things– instead of trying things. Semantics, you may say.. but semantics makes all the difference.

Someone told me to challenge myself this 2012 and expand my boundaries. That made me think. I’d like to think my boundaries have been expanding exponentially these past few years, not to mention I have that “try 2 things that scare me” every year thingie that I’ve always done since a couple of years ago— but I guess, it might still not be enough. I might have just started just trying in certain things and stopped just doing in a few things these past year. I’m human, and I’m alive. I can change my ways. Actually just the fact that I can is a Godsend in so many ways.

So many more things to be—one can’t help but be excited!

It’s Day One in 2012. One Day in 2012.

In the meantime, I’m going to start with Geography of Bliss now, and then start filling up that planner.

Be good, do good, and live good–it works for me. Happy New Year everyone! 🙂

If you’re into coming-of-age books, not to mention love stories— do read this book.

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2 thoughts on “One Day in 2012

  1. One Day!!! I remember seeing the movie with R., and then being surprised by the ending. I love the casting! It was perfect.

    As for the book, well, that’s another thing. I’ve started it last year and then stopped when I was into a fourth of the book. I thought that the book, with its simple premise, was a bit lengthy. So I was glad that I somehow “finished” the book when I saw the movie.

    Would you still recommend reading the book though?

    • Hi Peter! I resisted watching the movie for the longest time because I wanted to read the book. I’m the type of person that hates reading what she’s already seen. But if you’re not like me, i would recommend finishing the book because the parts I like are really at the beginning and end of it. But if you know the end, you kinda miss the “WTF” part and it might not be as enjoyable. 🙂

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