Last year my word of the year was Me.
I think I forgot about my word somewhere along the way last year. The first half of the year was a good one, with us all being together as a family and enjoying time together. The second half was more challenging with Piran starting school and all of us having to adjust to the huge change that was to our lives. But although I didn’t reach the end of 2013 with all the answers about me, and who I am these days, and what I want to do and what comes next – I have made some significant progress.
I am much better at doing what I need to do rather than what I think I should do. I have come to recognise and accept my mood changes and wherever possible to go with them. Yes there are days where I do the very bare minimum but there are also days where I just get so much done. I am more aware of what I like, and what I don’t like. I am really trying to be braver, to notice what makes me happy and to find ways of having it in my life. I am taking time to stop and play, to acknowledge to myself, and out loud where possible when I am feeling happy. I have learnt to accept help when offered and even ask for help when needed. I don’t worry as much. I recognise how important my relationship with Mr C is, and that it takes work, and that it is so worth it. I am trying to slow down and enjoy things as they happen, as I suddenly see Piran and Kate growing up so quickly and I never want to regret that I didn’t spend enough time or focus enough on them when they needed me. I have accepted that I am still a work in progress and probably will be for a long time yet.
And that leads me very nicely onto my word for this year.
My word for 2014 is LIVE.
As in the verb meaning to enjoy being alive.
It took me ages to find the word that I wanted for this year. I wanted something that would fill me with energy. I wanted something that I could use every time an opportunity presented itself. I wanted something that would encourage me to make the most of everything and everyone in my life. It finally came to me as I splashed away in the swimming pool with Piran laughing and having fun. I felt alive. And I want to feel like that all of the time. Not just to live but to LIVE. To try new things, new experiences. To meet new and interesting people. To make new friends and really enjoy the friends I already have. To appreciate how lucky I am and what I have. To learn. To laugh. To make the most of every day.
Isn’t that just the most perfect list of words. This year is going to be great.
Have you chosen a word for 2014? I would love to know what it is.