I had chosen the word “Consistent” as my Word for the Year 2018. Taking four aspects of my life in the year, I had set some targets for the year and hoped to be consistent in my expectations as was with 2017. Looking back at 2018, I think I met most of those expectations, at times exceeding them. So I’m happy with that.
So I wondered what my Word of the Year for 2019 should be. After pondering much, I have come to a decision. I’ve kept it simple. I want 2019 to be HAPPY.
Someone once said “Happiness is letting go what you think your life is supposed to be like.” I think that’s very true. Whatever goals we once had, if we aren’t at that place now, we tend to think life was not supposed to be like this. I know I have thought so many a time when life was in those down phases. I feel a big factor in that thought happens to be the thoughts and judgment of those around us.
So I’m adding to that anonymous quote and saying, “Happiness is letting go what everyone else thinks your life is supposed to be like.”
In 2019, I want to do the things that make me happy.
“Words are our most inexhaustible source of magic.” – J K Rowling
Toward the second half of 2018, I seem to have lost the passion for writing. Yes, I was writing something or the other, but it didn’t make me completely happy. I want to change that. I want to reconnect with my muse and find my feet in fiction again. To that extent, I’ve started planning for my AtoZ Challenge this year. And on a joyous note, Wednesday Verses will return from January 2nd and yes, this time Reema and I mean to make it consistent.
I was quite happy with the books I read in 2018 and want that reading spree to continue into 2019 as well. I don’t mind if I read fewer books, but I want to find amazing books that make a mark on me like some did in 2018. Eleanor Oliphant, Wonder, Magpie Murders, The End of Your Life Book Club… these have been some of the beautiful reads I found. I am happy in the world of books and will continue to go into that world as often as I can.
“The journey IS the destination.” – Dan Eldon
I want to travel this year. Travel was something I loved in 2017 and had an amazing couple of trips. 2018, I could get only one such trip but I felt very happy with that trip. It’s a joy I’m slowly unraveling. I know 2019 holds one such trip for sure, but I want more, and hoping that that does happen!
I’m hoping for some happiness both personally and professionally but that’s something I can hope, not target. It’s not completely in my hands. And I don’t want to put those as specific targets in a post lest I be disappointed if it doesn’t materialize.
“Gratitude turns what we have into enough.” – Melody Beattie
To reach where I want to reach, I feel it is only right to be grateful for where I am and who I am in the present moment. I’ve decided to do Weekly Gratitude. This is inspired by Sanch, a fellow blogger who I’ve been reading since nearly a decade now. So on every Sunday, this “segment” will be part of my blog.
Happiness lies in simple things. I’m hoping I can focus on that and not worry why the other side has greener grass.
So… do you have a Word for the Year? If so, write a post on it on your blog, and link up with Corinne at Everyday Gyaan!