Words of The Year, 2015

Oxford’s ‘word’ of the year

Every year Oxford Dictionary comes up with a word of the year largely based on frequency and usage statistics. It also seems like they’ve just randomly chosen buzz words from the popular lexicon. They also sound like your dad is late to the party, trying to slip “sharing economy” casually into the conversation. Dad! Stop trying to be contemporary! He must of heard it on NPR, who is usually also late to the party.

I’ve compiled my own words that’ve I’ve used a lot or had significance to me in 2015:

Clarity — not the I’ve reached it and remain in clarity 100% of the time (nor am I trying to). But this year I’ve had some major moments of very clear, sober thinking. Working on how to repeat the process. Never before have I believed, “things happen for a reason” until this year, as I thought I was way too strategic for that. I was wrong — and being able to admit that feels like clarity.

Metanoia — This is a big one.

Metanoia, an Ancient Greek word (μετάνοια) meaning “changing one’s mind”, may refer to: the process of experiencing a psychotic “breakdown” and subsequent, positive psychological re-building or “healing”

I absolutely did a lot of rebuilding this year. I’ve worked on healing a lot of both my physical and emotional health that I ignored for way too long. The search for wholeness might never be achieved, but dang it feels good to find some missing pieces. I’m nothing but grateful for the circumstances that brought me to this place. I’m most grateful to myself.

Changing your mind means you are a thinking & feeling person. I’m the type of person who feels like if I’m not changing, I’m not growing.

One thing I’ve learned is that if you change your mind and end up in the same place you departed from, it’s okay because you likely took a different route to get there. And learned more lessons. And will do better on the next departure.

Levity — You have to remember to have fun. Be with people who take you out of your dark, black and white brain and get over yourself. Be silly. Being an adult is the best time to act like a kid. I’ve learned to laugh more this year.

Equanimity — to me, this one ties all the other words together. Stability, composure, and faith that it will all be okay. Everything is already in balance. In Buddhism, equanimity comes from a place or warmth and compassion. Feeling like I need take action or control is a struggle for me, but I’m learning how to trust timing.

If you had a word bubble from 2015 — what would show up? Would you be happy with what you saw?

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