It's a New Year and with it comes a fresh opportunity to shape our world. 
So this is my wish, a wish for me as much as it is a wish for you: in the world to come, let us be brave – let us walk into the dark without fear, and step into the unknown with smiles on our faces, even if we're faking them. 
And whatever happens to us, whatever we make, whatever we learn, let us take joy in it. We can find joy in the world if it's joy we're looking for, we can take joy in the act of creation. 
So that is my wish for you, and for me. Bravery and joy.

...
Fifteen minutes ago I was terrified, having just written this, and about to walk up onto the stage to perform the Fireball XL5 theme song with Amanda and the Grand Theft Orchestra. And I thought "You just wrote a New Year's wish. Listen to yourself. Put it into practice." I went out bravely. I sang in front of a thousand or so people with joy. 
And you know, it was wonderful.

(for a collection of the previous New Year's Wishes: http://journal.neilgaiman.com/2011/12/my-new-year-wish.html)

Labels:  joy, Happy New Year, bravery

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Published on December 31, 2012 20:08 • 4,442 views
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message 1: by Joanne (new)

Joanne This is beautiful. Just what I needed this day. Thank you.


message 2: by Nicole (new)

Nicole Thank you


message 3: by Karen (new)

Karen Lovely, Happy New Year


message 4: by Alison (new)

Alison McDonough Thank you


message 5: by Penny (new)

Penny I will take this into my heart as I go solo this year, sell my house and move to Seattle in this, my 63rd year, into the rest of my life--
Thank you Neil, you give me a song of hope in the middle of my unknown . . .


message 6: by Terry (new)

Terry Wise and lovely. And very useful. Thank you, and Happy New Year!


message 7: by Karen Kristie (new)

Karen Kristie Happy New Year to you and your family, Neil! Thank you for the wishes. I always treasure your New Year wishes. Much love from the Philippines. We miss you!


message 8: by Madouc (new)

Madouc Yaaaaay :-D


message 9: by Laura (new)

Laura I just made a similar wish for myself a few hours ago. How wonderful to hear it come back to me from you. Thank you for all your work and best wishes for the year to come.


message 10: by Sarah (new)

Sarah You are a wonderful man. Thank you, and have a blessed new year.


message 11: by Shannon (new)

Shannon Amazing, as always. Thank you!


message 12: by Jasmin (new)

Jasmin Begic Happy New Year to you and your family.


message 13: by Catherine (new)

Catherine Thank you and congratulations on being brave and singing with joy!


message 14: by Louize (new)

Louize Thank You!


message 15: by Giuliana (new)

Giuliana E. Fear is the enemy. It is he that keeps us from realizing our dreams. Good on you for stepping out and acting on your new year's wish with courage and bravery. Wishing you a wonderful 2013 filled with good health and love. I look very much forward to hearing about your thoughts, projects and events over the next little while. Your words are always a delight to read :)


message 16: by Jim (new)

Jim Neil, your thoughts above are being quoted all over my Facebook world. You seem to have captured the optimistic spirit that so many people want to tap into. Kudos... again.


message 17: by Jim (last edited Jan 03, 2013 01:14PM) (new)

Jim G I imagine it takes a lot of guts to perform the Fireball XL5 theme song with Amanda and the Grand Theft Orchestra. Bravo

Now I just played the Fireball XL5 theme on YouTube - I haven't seen that stuff in, must be, 45 years or more. Wow, what a trip! That is a cool retro song. Bravo! is right! You are my guru - And I ADORED (actually) Stardust and American Gods.


message 18: by Sandra (new)

Sandra Saito Thank you! :) Happy New Year!


message 19: by Eveningstar2 (new)

Eveningstar2 I wish I had your courage, Neil. Thank you!


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