For me, the word of the year 2019 is:
Online dictionaries provide various meanings for the verb ‘do’, including to:
- Perform an action or a particular task.
- Work on something to bring it to completion or to a required state.
- Solve or work out a problem.
- Act or behave in a specified way.
- Achieve or complete something.
- Finish something or being finished with something.
It is an action verb – you’re not dreaming about something, or thinking about maybe taking some action – YOU ARE ACTUALLY DOING SOMETHING. Actually taking concrete and measurable steps towards achieving some goals.
As Yoda said, Do or do not, there is no try. And for years now, all I’ve been doing is trying. Trying to fit a workout program into a 75-hour work week. Trying to look for a new job while doing the work of two people. Trying to have a social life or write stories when I’m so tired after work that I just grab takeout and then fall asleep.
Somewhere in the last week, it occurred to me, when I was thinking about the fact that I fell asleep before 10 p.m. on New Year’s Eve because I was too tired to stay awake:
There is plenty of time. I’m just using it for the wrong things.
I’m giving my time away, to people who don’t appreciate it and for causes that will never provide a return to me anywhere near the effort I’ve put into them.
Time that belongs to me.
So this year is dedicated to me doing. Me getting that new job, by prioritizing a job search and actively networking. Me getting in shape by making sure I work out. Me having at least one social event a week, by seeing a movie, stopping in a bar to hear a local band, going to a museum.
That’s my New Year’s Resolution. Just one. Putting me first.
Me actually living my life and doing things to make my life a better one.