I’m not a huge fan of New Year’s Resolutions, per se….too many expectations, too much additional unnecessary stress, and who knows what life might throw at you? And then chances are at the end of that year you are berating yourself for what you have not achieved, for the dreams that remain aspirations.
Life is way to short for that kind of caper.
But a word for the year…that’s an idea I like. A word for the year expresses sentiments, ideas, ideals that can flow with life’s path through the year. That might sound a bit pretentious and perhaps it is, but it works for me. I know that life doesn’t always work out the way you plan, and so choosing a word for the year gives me a focus from which to structure some goals.
This is the third time I have chosen a word for the year: 2015 was thrive, while 2016 was blossom. I wrote about my reflections for those years: here’s 2015, and an overview of 2016.
I thought and thought about a word that felt right for 2017….then it came to me.
Why ‘illuminate’, you may ask? It is a beautiful word, full of life, light, hope. It is also about enlightenment: knowledge, learning, connections, and empowerment.
The word expresses my hopes for 2017, to:
Celebrate life, and my achievements, however small, and remain true to myself.
I am understanding that it is okay to be me, with all my quirks and idiosyncracies. Indeed, these are what make me, me. People love me for that…and those that don’t, well, that’s their loss! That involves celebrating myself, and following my own path. Finding what sparks a light in me, so not worrying too much about what others think. To carry on doing what sparks joy in me…and in that way I can help others too, as per the next point.
Brighten my own life as well as the lives of others through my writing and campaigning.
Helping others helps me, too, by giving me purpose, ideas, new friends, new opportunities, new learning. In 2017 I shall continue to do this by writing and campaigning through Headspace Perspective, and helping others discover a way to integrate wellbeing and fitness in to their lives through the Awesomeness Project.
Enlighten, with knowledge, through Hugo’s Legacy in this blog, and about wellbeing and fitness through my blog.
There is nothing wrong with shining or sparkling as an aspiration – we all need sparkle in our lives. My aim for 2017 is to shine and sparkle…and to inspire knowledge, learning, connections, and empower others. To illuminate.
Who knows what 2017 will bring?
I look forward to seeing what happens, and following the journey through my blog. I hope you will join me.