December 1– One Word.
Encapsulate the year 2010 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 2011 for you?
This year, I think my word was ‘march.’ As in the verb, not the month. I did a lot this past year, and it happened by just putting one foot in front of the other. I went to Cuba for three months, I went to Paris and Benin, West Africa. I got a coop job that appeared less prestigious but turned out to be awesome.
Sometimes, if we dwell on things and leave ourselves time to think and analyze, we find all the bad stuff. The cost, the homesickness, the worry, the safety concerns, the impracticality. But one foot in front of the other doesn’t give you the chance to let the bad things sink in.
I think if I could choose a word for next year, it would be ‘grow.’ Perhaps something a bit more deliberate, more hopeful. This coming year will be my last full calendar year of college and my last coop, which I hope will be international. It will also contain a lot of my last chances around campus, for Model programs as well as other clubs I wish I had joined earlier.
And can I add ‘brave’ or ‘try’? Because I would like to be brave enough to send out my writing to NUPR, the various International Affairs undergrad journals, and maybe even write another darn play.
What’s your word for this year? Are you happy with it?