"Every great magic trick consists of three parts or acts. The first part is called 'The Pledge'. The magician shows you something ordinary: a deck of cards, a bird or a man. He shows you this object. Perhaps he asks you to inspect it to see if it is indeed real, unaltered, normal. But of course... it probably isn't. The second act is called 'The Turn'. The magician takes the ordinary something and makes it do something extraordinary. Now you're looking for the secret... but you won't find it, because of course you're not really looking. You don't really want to know. You want to be fooled. But you wouldn't clap yet. Because making something disappear isn't enough; you have to bring it back. That's why every magic trick has a third act, the hardest part, the part we call 'The Prestige'"
Cutter (Michael Caine) - The Prestige (2006)
I guess I had a lot of things to say about this year. But most of those things I'd like to save for their own individual blog posts. Somehow, the truth always seems prettier when looked at through rose-coloured glasses.
Even though it wasn't intentional (at least, I don't think it was), this year showed me how fallible I am. That I'm not untouchable. That I can be sad. And make mistakes. And give up. And let people down. And for what it's worth, I am sorry.
See, I'm just like you. And everyone else. We are not alone. Let's totally go out for ice-cream sometime!
But it's not all about that. Because life is too short, to be so melancholy. And sometimes, I make the right decisions. And persevere. And reaffirm peoples faith in me. And mostly, I'm happy.
But let's still go out for ice-cream sometime, because that shit's just awesome.
This year, I proved all of those things. Somehow, this year turned into a 'Pledge' of sorts. I guess through all of this, I've been showing you a man. Inspect if you will, but I am indeed real, unaltered, and normal.
Now it's time for the 'Turn.' Where this magician takes the ordinary something, and makes it do something extraordinary.
This is my resolution for the new year. Or maybe, a kind of resolution for the next few years.
Maybe you'd like to join me.
Together, we can prove to an unsuspecting public that we can all be something amazing, and special, and extraordinary. And, if only for a moment, we'll make them all wonder, and believe in magic, and that maybe the world isn't as it seems.
We'll stand out on the worlds stage together; ordinary people, who've managed to do something extraordinary. And we'll be those who see something truly beautiful. It'll be the look on their faces..
I love you all, and you are in my heart always.
Are you watching closely?