Most years I pick a word or phrase for the months ahead. It serves as an anchor, a filter, a guidepost. In the past I’ve chosen words like letting go, balance, choose, courage, and (last year) center. Last year didn’t quite go the way I envisioned it, but I pulled out that word when I felt adrift. One of the things I did on my centering journey was to add yoga to my daily routine, which became one of the best things I did for myself last year.
The last week of 2015, I had no idea what word I would choose for this year. The word “magic” kept circling back, an aggressive sort of version of the word, as in I need to make some damn magic this year. But that sounded like . . . work. Work I had zero energy for.
obsessing over listening to Hamilton a lot, so the idea of freedom was floating in my brain, and it morphed with that aggressive need to survive and thrive and the word “wild” started to take root, fueled by a craving to live wild and free. Not that anyone or anything is stopping me from that. I’m well aware I have only myself to blame for any sense of lack
Then, in one of our Yoga Boot Camp emails, a familiar quote appeared:
“Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?”
― Mary Oliver
A sign? A coincidence? Who knows. All I know is that I’ve always loved that quote, and it fits with the Hamilton idea of “not throwing away my shot.”
And as I look at all the definitions of the word (from merriam-webster), I want to fully embrace those as well:
- living in a state of nature and not ordinarily tame or domesticated
- not inhabited or cultivated
- not subject to restraint or regulation
- going beyond normal or conventional bounds
- indicative of strong passion, desire, or emotion
- deviating from the intended or expected course
Of course, there’s one other . . .
- marked by turbulent agitation
. . . I should probably work on embodying a little less of that one. Maybe. *shrug*
So my word for 2016 is WILD. This year, I want to stretch and grow in unexpected ways. I want to make my own path. I want to live and create with strength, passion, and inhibition. I plan this year to make the most of my own wild and precious life.