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A Merry Christmas Message

Soooo, 2010, hey? That was funny.
Not exactly funny in a “haha” kind of way, but more funny in a “haha! We survived! HAHA!” kind of way. By all accounts, 2010 was a rather intense year, one that began in optimism and ended with the feeling of getting off a roller coaster – and all the sense of exhaustion, achievement, reflection, nausea and serious craving for a beer that goes with it. Maybe 15 beers. Hey, we deserve it.

Whether you had a great year or a rocky year, one thing is certain: 2010 gave us a lot to think about, and we hope that Side Street, Sydney gave you a little more, otherwise our existence may be a little pointless and we may cry. We interviewed another glorious array of inspiring individuals, some of whom we have wanted to keep little ornaments of on our fireplace and bring out whenever we have felt sad and deflated and in need of a drinking buddy. Mag Nation’s Sahil Merchant inspired us with his entrepreneurial insight, Spark*’s founders Kaitlin and Aaron Tait galvanised us with their sheer determination to make a difference, Julia Stone made us have a serious girl crush and our lovely photographer Lisa Zhu gave us a reason to celebrate with our exhibition. Every person we spoke to inspired us in one way or another, and gave us another reason to dream. The fact that they can come true is just about the cheesiest and most wonderful thing in the world. We feel like singing a Disney song and prancing around in an ice skating costume right about now. Why an ice skating costume, you ask? They’re just so pretty.

We have a few ideas for how we’re going to move forward next year, but we think ideas simmer best when they’re left alone, which is exactly what we’re going to be doing for the next two weeks while we’re drinking and talking and falling over in front of people we shouldn’t. If you have any pointers or feedback for us, we’d really love it if you comment below or send us an email and we’ll definitely take it into account. Unless of course you’re mean and tell us that we smell funny. You don’t know how we smell, okay?

We can tell you this: next year we’ll continue to bring you features on our favourite creatives and people who are making a difference in Sydney today, along with more creative writing and of course bar and restaurant reviews, because there’s nothing better than a tax deductible glass of bubbly. We may also start to take a hint with the popularity of our recent news features (and how much we LOVE writing them!) and bring that into the forum a little more, to which we encourage you to respond and debate, especially if you don’t agree with us. And we have a few more ideas simmering but we’ll keep hush about them for now, as we don’t really want to bore you too much. It is Christmas, after all.

We know we don’t have the authority to, but we’ll give you a Christmas message anyway: this season (and always), if you’re ever in doubt, try to come from a place of love and you’ll immediately know that the answer is right. That applies to the big issues like asylum seekers and gay marriage right down to the smaller, more individual ones, such as your reaction to your annoying cousin who won’t stop singing 'The Twelve Days of Christmas' at your family barbecue. Bigotry, intolerance, fear and the desire to stuff a sock in said cousin’s mouth all come from a place of hatred, and any reaction that comes from there is wrong. PERIOD. And even you’ll know it’s wrong, because you’ll have to keep justifying it to yourself. This Christmas, try making the number of drinks you had last night the ONLY thing you have to justify to yourself. You’ll still be hungover, but on the plus side, you’ll be a better person.

Love and light for Christmas and beyond,
Seema & the Side Street team xx

The Side Street, Sydney (/Final Episode) HQ, where the magic happens.


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