Sometimes it is not that difficult to be a director of your own movie. The trick is – just write it down. Take pictures, compile your stories, Tell what you feel, put together some graphics that excite you, throw them altogether in a pan and cook them like a dish. Everything is actual and they are already available to you. The materials, the thoughts, the feelings, the words, they are hovering over your head. All you need to do is to piece together the right ingredients, choreograph them the way you feel best reflecting the moments, and serve them.
When I finally completed the first issue of “The Shanghai Journal” in January 2013, it was meant to be a bi-monthly issue. It was meant to record my life is Shanghai – activities around me, my friends, the times we spent, the food we had, the highlights of the month, and the sentiments of that time. Today, a year and a half later, there was never a second issue.
Many things happened and passed by, and sad to say but true, they will soon be forgotten. As memories fade, it is a pity that whatever that used to take place will soon be obliterated. Yes perhaps sometimes when we scan through the photos in our computer, it will trigger off some distant moments. Or, will they be erased as if they had never happened?
Today, people post their life stories on different social media – facebook, twitter, google+, we chat moments, and so forth. I supposed this is one way of recording what you do and how it feels. For me, as old fashion as it seems, nothing is better than printed on paper, something that you can feel, touch, smell and read without relying on internet or technology.
So what are we waiting for?