In January of 2015, I started the tradition of choosing a single word to frame my perspective/mood for the year. 2015 was the year of EXECUTE, to inspire a year of GTD after some pussyfooting with both creative and personal goals. 2016, a year that I felt deserved some slowing down and self-care, GOOD. Funny that I thought that would work. My word for 2017 seems obvious.
I think we can all agree that 2016 was, uh, rough. Aren’t we all tired? Aren’t we all ready for a nap? The results of the election, a beast in itself, are now looming over us. Only a month or so until we have to say goodbye to the finest president we’ve had in a while and usher in an era that feels, at least to me, like the gd apocalypse. This year was exhausting. Prince died, which felt like losing family. Bowie died. Alan Rickman died. Carrie Fisher died. Elie Weisel died. Insult to injury, y’know?
On a personal note: I went through a disgusting breakup (if you ever have the option to share a studio apartment with an ex, I highly recommend getting the hell outta Dodge instead), felt a LOT of things, and tried to come to terms with what it all meant. That meant taking a trip to Kansas City with a beloved friend, listening to jazz, and stewing in my own juices. Crying; crying a lot.
But in the midst of all the tumult, in the wake of feeling tired from just being in this hard, hard world right now, I met a wonderful person who is making my life a great place to be. And he inspired me to be kinder, gentler to myself. To accept that right now, with so much that’s hard, maybe I’m simply enough as is. ENOUGH is my word for 2017 because 1. I’ve had fucking enough of this country for the next 10 lifetimes. And 2. because I’m going to accept that I am, for now, also just enough. We have a ton of work to do, but I’m going to do my best to be sure that I’m turning the focus out instead of in for 2017.