Adventure – My 2014 Word of Intention
Taking a break from poetry today to talk about something new. This year I noticed some friends were choosing words to focus on in the New Year, rather than resolutions. Well, I like words! So I’m in!
As I pondered a 2014 word, one flew to the top of my brain- intention. It’s a word I’ve only recently begun to play with. It’s in a lot of the books I’m reading and classes I’m taking. It’s something Steve and I speak of often when making plans. Living with intention is a daily *thing* here, and that word has become sort of a battle cry in my life.
Another word I considered was resilient. Again, this is a newish word for me. Over the Summer, through some intense therapy, I realized that the pain I’ve been carrying around for years isn’t going to go away (DAMN). Thank stars I discovered the idea of resiliency at the same time the “you can’t stop pain” bomb dropped. I’ve learned the most about resiliency from Brené Brown’s books and classes, which have transformed me in recent months.
On New Year’s Eve, as friends were gathering to announce their 2014 words online, I was poised at the keyboard, ready to announce Intention or Resilient. The minutes ticked. My mind flipped. Without any rumination, I typed Adventure as my response. I blinked. I hit send. Off it went! My 2014 focus word danced into being! Once I saw it posted I decided, hmm, better figure out what this spontaneous word means to me!
Adventure. My first thought is “Oh! We’re going places!” but… are we? Sure, we’re planning more hikes, a few camping trips, and would love to use our passports again this year before the kids need new ones, but somehow this isn’t the “adventure” I felt stirring.
I’ve discovered adventure is a mindset. It’s a point of view that’s the antithesis of fear. Let’s say I get lost in the city (this happens often). My usual response is fear. Fight-or-flight kicks in and I act accordingly. Or, let’s talk about my general feeling about the uncertainty of life- scary shit! Cortisol courses through me with palpable force. It’s just no fun!
How can I apply adventure to my life this year? By tilting my head, letting curiosity visit, and approaching the twists and turns as a great mystery- a grand adventure! There we go! This seems a fabulous way to enter 2014. I’m replacing fear with curiosity, and calling life’s uncertainty and fluctuations my personal adventure!