But, as is so typical with me, on the way to work this morning,driving the new buggy and rocking out to music blaring through my speakers, it suddenly hits me **WHAM BANG** and I almost drive off the street onto a snow bank. And I decide to switch things up here on the blog for the day. My etching process will have to wait for a little while ;) Look for it later this week, most likely. Anyway....what hit me like a freight train? It's simple, really.
I know that many people do resolutions at the turn of the year. Me, not so much into resolutions. They can be broken. Easily. And usually. I do also know that many people choose a word of intention for the year. A word to grow by, a word to keep honest by, a word to live by. Yep, that'd be me.
However, I still hadn't found that word yet this year. And I couldn't bring myself to just choose a word out of thin air. That'd be easy, and easy is easy to ignore. I wanted something that'd strike me, something that is pertinent to where I am, something that would move me out of my constant complacency. I wanted something that would work for the many different sides of me. (Cybil, I'm not. Really! I promise! Just multi-faceted ;))
But finally, that word came to me in the car this morning. And that word?
I chose Reach as a reminder to myself. A reminder that I need to reach beyond that area of comfort, past that area where I'm most likely to be found. When one reaches for something, it's usually because there's something they want. Something they desire or need. My tendency is to not reach - I'm a creature of habit and comfort and complacency. I stick with what I know, what's familiar. And I tend to stay in that familiar, known and comfortable place past the point where many people would. Sometimes, even, to the point where while it's familiar and known, it's not what I want any longer, and not quite a comfortable fit anymore, but not uncomfortable enough to warrant change. But still I remain there.
And so I'm challenging myself this year, choosing this word, Reach. I am again in a comfortable but not quite fitting spot. And there's so much more that I want. Professionally, personally, creatively. So I must rouse myself out of this comfortable yet not spot. I must Reach. To get what I really yearn for, where I want to be, I must Reach. And so I shall.
Do you have a word for 2011? Why did you choose it? What are you reaching for?