If you could pick one word to describe the next year, which word would you choose? It’s a tough question. I mean, a word? But when I heard about this website, I was intrigued. So, the website asks, how does one go about choosing the word. Here’s the process:
- Step 1: Determine the type of person you want to become. Who do I want to be? Obviously, I want to be me, but the best version of me. Sometimes, I am impatient, pessimistic, and grumpy. But that’s not who I want to be. I want to be cheerful, happy, optimistic, and patient. That’s a lot of things. It would be difficult for me to focus on all of these things, all of the time.
- Step 2: Identify the characteristics of that person. I think I’ve already done this, but I really think the most important part of this is optimistic. If I am optimistic, I will most likely not be impatient or grumpy. (I will clearly not be pessimistic.)
- Step 3: Simply pick a word. Easier said than done. However, after a lot of thought, hemming and hawing, and general delays, I chose hope. Why hope?
Hope – According to Wikipedia, hope is a belief in a positive outcome related to events and circumstances in one’s life. Life isn’t always easy; I learned that quite well this year. (I did start it out, after all, detained in the Madrid airport.) What I hope (ehhh!) is that this year will be one of learning to believe in the positive outcomes, no matter how seemingly hopeless the situation. Nothing and no one, after all, are beyond hope. Least of all me. My life is blessed. I have no reason to despair.
“If you knew that hope and despair were paths to the same destination, which would you choose?” (Source) I think I’m going with hope.