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?
One word? How do you choose just one? 365 days worth of "stuff" took place but I need to summarize all those events into one all encompassing word. This wasn't easy and it took some serious thinking to decide on one word. For me, 2011 was accomplished. These past 11 months have been difficult at times and humbling at others. There were days filled with rage and sadness. But there were also days that were filled with humility and happiness.
In its simplest explanation, I checked several items off my 2011 Big To-Do. I went to the St. Patrick's Day parade with my absolute best friend. I went down the shore for Memorial Day weekend and went to Jenk's Pavilion and Tiki Bar. That weekend I learned that my female best friend was not a true best friend. I went on vacation with my family to Cape Vincent, NY. I watched the Macy's 4th of July fireworks from my roof. I spent an entire week with my brother and sister doing touristy things and remembering how special those 2 kids are to me. My love for them is like that of a parent. I applied for a new job and was hired. My dream of working in NYC came to fruition. I started this blog. I have a boyfriend who I adore.These are simply the highlights that come to mind when I think of the year as a whole. I tried new things. I did things I've been "meaning to do". I went places. I stepped out of my comfort zone and I didn't fall on my face.
At 27 sometimes I still feel like a teenager. Floundering around trying to figure it all out and hoping I don't screw up too bad. Yet at the same time, I feel a sense of wisdom. Not a wisdom of all things, but of myself. I know me. I know what I want. How I feel. What I think. Where I want to go. Right now, as I type this, I can think of no greater accomplishment than truly knowing oneself.
For 2012 it's easier to choose my word - stability. Because of my former job my financial life, and therefore my social life (going out, joining things, hobbies, etc.), are in a state of upheaval. Although I want 2012 to be a great year where I check even more off my 2012 STD, I also want things to settle into something much more stable and reliable than they are now. Something minor or a mere hassle to someone else will turn an entire month into a tailspin for me. My view of stable is probably somewhat distorted or, at the very least, different than other peoples' view. Nonetheless, it's my goal.
How would you describe 2011 in one word?