Its a wonderful Life

New Year has always been a time of mixed emotions for me and I guess everyone has their own way of celebrating it. When I was younger it definitely involved a long night and lots of alcohol and other substances. As I grew older and out of that, it became a struggle to decide where to go and what to do, which was more often than not an anti-climax. I’m also not one for New Years resolutions but whether I like it or not I always end up analyzing and evaluating the past year. My pet hate though is the self or otherwise imposed pressure to have a good time and feel super elated when the bell for midnight goes. So now its a good meal, a glass of something strong, the company of my nearest and dearest and a showing of one of the most uplifting and life affirming movies I know.

Frank Capra’s Its a Wonderful Life, staring James Stewart is the story of a man who has come to the end of the line and is ready to kill himself. His time on earth seems to him to be one of missed opportunites and personal failure, until his appointed guardian angel, (who is out to earn his wings) replays his life, to show him how much poorer others lives would have been had he not been around. So if your still struggling for something to do or your stuck in on your own, grab your self a copy and fill a large glass with something strong and heart-warming and put yourself on the right foot for 2012.

About Mark Hodgson

Designer and creative professional based in Jutland, Denmark


  1. hi im konica… read your posts…they are good

  2. Fiona.q

    i feel that your self-portrait/sketch is like this guy in the movie poster(!) wish you a wonderful new year to start your more wonderful life 🙂

  3. Nice way to spend the end of the year and I agree wholeheartedly with your observations.
    This year for us it was a time to realize and accept that we were on our own. Our respective families are no longer so you tend to review and reflect your life and what you’ve experienced over the years. And after so many, many years a sort of final independence the result.
    Fortunately we still have each other, my dear wife and I and a new chapter awaits, but a celebration? Well perhaps, but in a quiet and private sense.
    Have a New Year with good health, peace and contentment and may your God go with you.

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