I’m one of those annoying losers that loves New Year. Every time January comes around, I feel inspired to start afresh, make resolutions, and be a better person than I was the year before.
Usually, New Year’s Resolutions come so easily to me. I’ll curl up on the sofa and spend an afternoon reeling off all the things I’d like to achieve. But this time I’m really struggling. I’ve been suffering from a serious lack of motivation and drive over the last few months and as much as I’d like to leave this unenthusiasm in 2016, it seems to be entering the New Year with me.
So when I spotted the tweet below by the brilliant Ashley C. Ford, I instantly knew what to do.
In other news, I finally found my word of the year. My 2015 word was Ambition, 2016 was Investment, 2017 will be Adventure.
— Ashley C. Ford (@iSmashFizzle) December 26, 2016
Instead of setting myself a long list of resolutions, I’m simply going to have a Word of the Year. And that word is going to be ‘Independence‘.
2016 was easily one of the most difficult years of my life. In January I had a really crappy time at work. In August I was the victim of a crime. In October my boyfriend cheated on me and left me for someone else. And to top it all off, on Christmas Day I fainted in the shower and smashed my face violently into the tap on my way down. I’ve spent the majority of the festive season hiding away in the house with a black eye, sore noggin and mysterious illness.
I’ve been moping around and feeling like one of life’s great victims. I’ll be the first to admit that’s pretty silly considering things could have been a lot worse. I guess it’s all a matter of perspective. If we’re going to look at this from a positive point of view, at least I quit the job that made me miserable, I reported the crime to the police, my ex-boyfriend probably did me a favour, and I didn’t lose my eye or die in the shower!
Nora Ephron once said: “Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim,” and this is something I need to continuously remind myself throughout 2017.
This year I’m going to be the strong and independent heroine of my own life. I might not be able to control what happens to me, but I sure as hell can control how I respond to it.
I’m gonna battle my way out the dusty grave that 2016 dug for me.
I’m gonna wiggle my big toe and steal Buck’s Pussy Wagon.
I’m gonna chop off the arms of my enemies and leave them bleeding on the floor. Okay, maybe not.
And I’m gonna do the Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique on 2017.
As Anna Kendrick rightly observes in the tweet below, I’m stuck with me my whole life. So I may as well learn to love myself and become the independent woman I’m destined to be.
Oh God. I just realized I’m stuck with me my whole life.
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) May 26, 2015
Are you setting yourself a Word of the Year? If so, let me know in the comments below. Here are a few ideas in case you’re struggling for inspiration:
@iSmashFizzle this is so excellent. 2014 was Work. 2015 was Rigor. 2016 was Organize. 2017 will be Adventure 4 me, too.
— Christine H. Lee (@xtinehlee) December 26, 2016
@iSmashFizzle I’m going for Brave. 🙂
— Marie Piper (@mariepiperbooks) December 26, 2016
@iSmashFizzle my 2017 word is Heal.
— rwj (@reevej) December 26, 2016
@iSmashFizzle 2015 was Epiphany. 2016 was Roots & Wings. 2017 is Home.
— Universal Student (@blessedb333) December 27, 2016
@iSmashFizzle Word for 2016 was Delightful 😏 word for 2017 is Hope. Been doing this for 25 years.
— Pamela Barclay (@Lgbloom) December 26, 2016
@iSmashFizzle this is wonderful! I would like SMILE as my 2017 word. I would like to smile with confidence this coming year. 😊
— J (@yowjenny) December 26, 2016