Every New Year I come up with a resolution or list of resolutions/goals. Sometimes they are simple, like when I decided I would do more things that scared me, sometimes they are concrete and include tap dancing.
Last year, thanks to the inspiration of others, it was the first year I decided to choose a word for my year. This is when you pick a word that represents how you will live for that year. In 2012 my word was Try.
I’ve thought long and hard about my word for 2013 and the meaning behind it. Try was good for 2012 because it was all about just getting out there and, you know, trying. Whether I was successful or not was not even on the radar, it was simply about being out there and giving it a go.
And I did.
I tried a giant swing at Muskoka Woods. I climbed a cargo net and zip lined. I skateboarded (badly). I sent out more writing pitches (quietly). I accepted writing jobs that put me outside my comfort zone. I even did dryland training with my kids. 2012 was my year of trying.
Originally my word for 2013 was going to be conquer but it didn’t feel quite right. Because before you can conquer anything, you need something else.
If you throw fortitude into the thesaurus, here’s what you get thrown back at you:
I don’t know if I’ll conquer anything but I do know that 2013 is going to be my year fortitude. It’s the year I will dig in my heels and continue digging, even when the going gets tough, the tough get going, and I want to throw in the towel.
Plus any other idioms you can think of.
Will I conquer anything? I’ll have to wait and see.
But I’m looking a triathlon and some outside edges directly in the eye.
What’s your word going to be for 2013?
p.p.s. I’m going to be in the January 1st edition of the Toronto Star talking about my past resolutions.