Last year, I chose the word engage.
This year I choose: Adapt. Here’s why:
Choosing An Annual Word
It’s not always easy coming up with a word. I’ve read posts from others about how they wait for the universe to give it to them, or they think about it all year. Some flip to a page in a book, some just pick one.
I had no idea what my word would be or really if I was even going to do the whole pick a word thing this year and then something happened.
(Cue the wonky music and fluttering image as my back story begins…)
It’s no secret I’m a dreamer. While I’m also a worrier, most of the time my outlook is positive and I’m a firm believer that if you keep on dreaming, your wish really will come true. I believe in happy endings. Always.
I watch famous figures give their motivational speeches and smile (read tear up) at their words of wisdom about never giving up and visualizing what you want.
Sometimes I visualize something so much that I can almost touch it. I believe in something so hard, I feel positive that it will happen, but if there is anything else I’ve learned in life, it’s that sometimes no matter how much I believe, it just might not materialize. There are no guarantees that it will when I want it to or even at all for that matter.
Finally, My Word
This is where my 2019 word comes into play. This habit of mine, not sure if it’s good or bad, but a habit none the less of believing in something so much, with my whole heart, that I truly believe it will come true sometimes isn’t so great. When it doesn’t (which is inevitably going to happen from time to time) I feel completely shattered. Lost. I feel like the wind got knocked out of me. Constantly, I think,”Where did my plan go wrong?” I struggle to ADAPT.
ADAPT: to adjust to a new situation or condition
In my day-to-day I’m totally a roll with the punches type of person, but I guess that’s not the case with long-term dream-planning. This year, I still have dreams I will continue to visualize and focus on. (I mean, “If you can dream, it you can do it,” right?!) My goal this year is to learn how to more quickly and easily accept that a no, or a lack of fruition isn’t necessarily the end of a dream, but maybe more of a not-right-now or perhaps the dream itself just needs a little adapting. This year, I’ll move forward with the same positive mindset that created the dream in the first place and not stumble around in a daze wondering what to do next. This year, I’ll ADAPT.
Does anyone else feel like this? Also, I’d love to hear if you chose a 2019 word!