As you know, this year started with some sad news for me and my family. My aunt passed away in January and it definitely rocked me to the core. I’ve been thinking a lot about my aunt and also about how my cousin and my mom are coping with this loss. Life is short, so very short.
Last year, my word was ‘FORWARD’. I desperately wanted 2022 to be different than the year before and I feel that in a lot of ways, 2022 delivered. We slowly but surely returned to a sense of normalcy, and while I remained very cautious, I was able to finally see my family again, and that for me was a HUGE step forward.
I’ve shared previously that I don’t have a process for how I come up with my word for the year. Somehow, a word always presents itself. And it did again this time.
My word for 2023 will be EMBRACE.
em·brace | /ɪmˈbɹeɪs/
- hold (someone) closely in one’s arms: HUG
- CHERISH, LOVE
- ENCIRCLE, ENCLOSE
- accept or support (a belief, theory, or change) willingly and enthusiastically
- to avail oneself of: WELCOME
- to take in or include as a part, item, or element of a more inclusive whole
I love the versatility of this word and how it can mean many different things in many different contexts. It popped into my head repeatedly in the last few months, most recently when I learned of my aunt’s passing. So, it seemed like the right choice for 2023.
Here’s how I will apply it:
I want to embrace grief and cherish the good memories that I have of my aunt. It’s been strange to grieve from afar and I’ve been grappling a little bit with the fact that I am so incredibly far away from everyone right now, but I am trying to sit with the emotions.
I want to embrace every single moment of this year. I talked about time perception before and how wildly different time can feel. Sometimes, a minute can feel like an hour, sometimes a whole week disappears in a blink of an eye. I want to work hard on this time perception thing; to make things slow down and moments last longer (yes, even the uncomfortable ones). Easier said than done.
I want to fully embrace the time that I hope to spend with family and friends this year. I know time together is so very precious and we never know how much more time we have.
I want to embrace new adventures and opportunities. Sometimes I can get pretty “complacent” in my day-to-day life, but I never regret getting a little bit out of my comfort zone.
I will strive to embrace who I am and prioritize what I feel is right for me. It’s so easy to be pulled into the comparison game and to think that you want what other people have or do, but if you listen closely to your own heart, deep down inside you’ll know what truly makes YOU happy. I want to do that.
Quite frankly, I want to embrace (= hug) people. People, I haven’t seen in a long time. People I don’t see often enough. Friends that I haven’t even met yet.
What’s your word for 2023?