I'm going to end the year in reflection and I'm going to use Reverb11 to do that because from what I hear from my sunshine Rita, it's awesome and I really should get on board. So I am. Here goes.
- December 1 - One Word.
Encapsulate the year 2011 in one word. Explain why you’re choosing that word. Now, imagine it’s one year from today, what would you like the word to be that captures 2012 for you?
I have spent most of 2011 looking. Looking for direction, love, adventure... but always looking. Sometimes I would look with intention, with full knowledge that if I found what I was after, I would be taking action on it without question or hesitation. Sometimes I would look passively, more out of curiosity to see what was out there for me or see how someone else was living/loving/making it and just observe from a distance.
I changed looking to doing in many cases and that enriched my life over the past year in ways I never thought possible. I have met some of the most amazing people and had some fantastic adventures because after I spent time looking and decided I liked what I saw, I quit saying "no" and being practical and started saying "yes" and doing things and meeting people I normally wouldn't because it was inconvenient or I was uncertain or it took effort. I moved excuses out of the way and just did it. And there were some great rewards that came from that.
I also missed some opportunities because I was complacent and content to just look from afar instead of jumping in and experiencing it firsthand. I am still living in a place I don't love because I was busy looking at other places and deciding it would take too much effort to move myself from point A to point B. I let a friendship grow cold because I was busy looking back on how many great times we had and how close we used to be instead of fostering the relationship that it had evolved to be as our circumstances changed. I am still safely in the career that has become so mundane that it presents no challenge to me now because I have been scared to really go after some of the opportunities I have been satisfied to just look at instead of aggressively pursue.
As I look forward to 2012 and what I want to be able to claim as my "1 word" at the end of that year, I know for certain that I want to be able to say that I changed "looking" to "moving" during the course of 2012. It's time.
Thanks in advance for riding along with me for Reverb11. Hopefully you will want to join in the fun as well. Let me know if you do so I can follow your posts daily and show you some love!