While trying to pick my word for the upcoming year, I really struggled. Choosing a single word to guide how I want to live is a great (and easy) way to remind me of what I want to embrace throughout the year. Last year's word served me well, as it helped inspire my decisions, my actions, and my overall attitude. So yeah, no pressure.
Simplify? Create? Close, but not quite. Focus? Magic?...
I really, really liked magic, but it still didn't feel like the one. So I continued to think it over. Suddenly the word 'explore' popped into my head and I instantly loved it. Then, not surprisingly, a million reasons tumbled in behind it for why I shouldn't pick it. It's a pretty counter-intuitive word for me. I'm an introvert, and yes, I can be a bit of a homebody. I'm deliberative (oh my, am I ever). My financial advisor would categorize me as fairly risk-averse, and sometimes I allow myself to get too comfortable, secure, etc. But I kept coming back to it. Explore.
And then it dawned on me that those aren't reasons for me not to pick it. Those are the reasons why I should pick it. Those are the reasons why the word is perfect for me right now.
So explore it will be.
With a camera. With a sketchbook. Down country roads. In far away places. New stories. New adventures. With friends. With family. With someone new.
It will challenge me, but it's decided. I'm an explorer. It's time to get out and see where this road is going to take me. And hopefully there will also be some magic.