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Jan 9 / Amy

How will you define 2012?

Seeing that it’s already one week into 2012 and I hadn’t come up with any resolutions, I decided that I wasn’t going to have any this year.  We’ve got a lot going on right now, and I didn’t feel the need to stress myself out by laying down a list of things I want to accomplish.  Or I was being lazy.  You pick. 🙂

In catching up on my frequently read blogs, both Lauren and Jamie have great posts on picking one word to define the year – rather than developing a list of resolutions.  It dawned on me that this would be a much better plan for 2012.

After much deliberation, I decided on the word: life.

“Life?” you might ask, and I’ll say it sounds strange, but it’s the first word that jumped out at me when reading their posts as the one I wanted to define 2012.

In 2011, I spent a lot of time thinking about the future, planning ahead, wanting time to pass quickly so I could get to where I wanted to be – even my domain URL  is focused on wishing I were somewhere else (physically or mentally).  I didn’t spend a lot of time in the now.  I passed up on a lot of opportunities due to having a busy schedule, and in turn haven’t seen a lot of the people that were a big part of my life in the past.

This year, I want to celebrate life.  Living it to the fullest, sharing it with others, and who knows, maybe even adding one to the world (let’s not get too crazy now, it’s just a thought – not a promise).

Early last week, I learned that one of my mentors (who I also consider a friend) was diagnosed with lung cancer.  He’s 35 and was in seemingly good health.  He’s not a smoker, never spent much time around them either.  He’s got some tough times ahead – but I can say with all certainty I have faith that he’ll come through just fine – and likely telling jokes the whole way through the process.

I’ve never been one to believe that illness or injury couldn’t happen to me, but seeing someone that it’s that much older than me going through something like this has made me think.  If I were faced with a situation like this, or if something worse happened to me, could I say that I truly lived every day to the fullest?  The answer would be probably not.  I am in no way saying that I’ve lived a dull life, because it’s not true, but it’d be safe to say I’ve just gone along with the days as they passed.

So this year, I have hopes of adding to and crossing things off my life list.  I want to do the little things that might seem a bit crazy, and enjoy every minute of them.  I’m not a spontaneous person, I like to plan everything out.  I don’t like changing plans once they’re made, which prevents me from doing things out of the norm, and in all actuality, missing out on the little things.

So cheers to 2012 and life.  I hope that it’s a prosperous year, full of great things for each and every one of you.


[#1 of #52 – yep, I’m trying to hit a blog post a week again… 🙂  This post will count for last week, since I was still dealing with jetlag from our trip – which I promise I’ll be writing about soon! ]

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  1. Lauren / Jan 9 2012

    Thanks for the blog shout-out! Love your word choice for 2012!

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