Reverb10: 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?
(Author: Gwen Bell)
The word for 2010 is adjust. I moved four times this year. I started a new job. I’ve lost touch with some friends (mostly my fault), but I’ve also had several new people come into my life and strengthened some bonds with other friends. I had a small car accident (small because I was completely unharmed) that resulted in my very first car loan and the four-wheel drive I so desperately need here. I’ve had breathtakingly little money in the bank, but I’ve also purchased new skis and went back home for a week. I lost enough weight to put me at my lowest weight as an adult, but I found a team of people willing to help me take care of myself, so the next time I lose weight it will probably be the result of healthy habits. I’ve gone from rarely having sex at all to one night stands on a weekly basis to infrequently dating a lovely woman. I have not found stability in 2010; every single one of those things forced me to adjust to my new situation and those are only the big ones — there have been many smaller, incremental adjustments made as well.
I want 2011 to be a building year. There will also be an incredible amount of change in the year to come, but where this year felt like a struggle, I want next year to feel like an investment. I want to move somewhere new that will amaze me just as much as Tahoe does, I want to make sure I have the material things I need — skis, computer, kitchen supplies, yarn — to promote my happiness, I want to go back to school and and find a career that will nurture more than just my workaholic streak, I want to save money for future travels, I want to create a strong and healthy body. Eventually I want to be able to do anything and everything that crosses my mind, and I want 2011 to be the year I start building up to that in a tangible way.