Capricorn writer Susan Sontag complained that some people did not understand her intensity and intelligence. He had “the feeling of being ‘too much’ for them, almost a creature from another planet, and he resized himself to be more understandable and lovable”. I understand his point of view. We all want to be appreciated and understood. But in the next few weeks, don’t be like Sontag: don’t tame yourself too much. I urge you to be a particularly intense version of yourself.