Lorenzo & his humble friends

The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool

Traditions matter

The most gracious book I read recently is a fictional diary: at the end of each year the writer makes a list of friends – new, old, and lost ones. I have started thinking in those terms. Last year I kept my closest friends here; also made some new acquaintances from whom I can probably learn a great deal should I manage to keep up with them (P. B.; L. B.; F. M.); I tightened my bonds with four friends who have an enormous importance for me (T. L. A.; N.d R.; N. S.; M. L.); and I weakened my bonds with a few other friends with whom I should have been more present (M. M.; M. V.; J. H.).

More specifically on this last point, last year for the first time I have not spent the end of December with my Canadien‘s crew after a streak of four memorable reunions – 2011 Utrecht2012 Innsbruck2013 Florence2014 the Hague, 2015 Berlin. This is no good.

For next year I must continue to make new acquaintances, but I also want to restore ties with some old friends. Oh fate, let it start from the Canadien family, because this is one of the most important things I have been part of since I have become a person of alleged maturity.

Occasional note on the sense of keeping this website going

I started writing here to avoid sending the same kind of email to all my friends who were far away. It was 2012. Over time, I slowly turned this website into something different; and as of today I am not sure what it has become.

I still like to think of this as a personal thing, a sort of archive for myself and the people who know me personally. However, last year I had more than 19,000 contacts here, which is not a lot but is certainly more than I originally intended. One thing I learnt from my previous experiences is that quantity is rarely a measure of quality – which is why I never judged the quality of this website upon the number of visitors. In the last four years I always tried to write whatever crossed my mind; sometimes producing really ungainly posts.

I can do so because I have been lucky to find a professional path that allows me to post whatever I want without having to think Oh, wait a second, this might be inconvenient. I wonder whether that will ever change. For now it hasn’t: so for the time being I will happily continue posting very personal, very awkward stuff.