A Word for the Year

Courage. It was all the cowardly lion wanted in The Wizard of Oz. The ability to stand up for himself and not run scared at any opportunity. It’s something that so many of us need a little more of. The willingness to not backdown from a fight, to stand up for what’s right, and to pursue our dreams.

It’s the middle of February, but I’m only just really taking the time to take stock of the year/s ahead and what I want to get out of life. It has just been one of those periods of life, I guess experiencing the drudge of a London winter for the first time will do that to you. The more that I spend time reflecting, thinking, caught up in my own head, the more that I realise that it’s time to get out and into the world. And so, inspired by the idea of #oneword365, my word for the year is courage.

#Oneword365 is based around the idea that rather than making lots of little resolutions or goals or all of the things that we tend to do at the start of the year, you pick one word. One word that you want to shape how you live that year.

Why courage? Because I think it’s what we all need a little of this year. The world feels like it’s in turmoil, with strange political decisions being made everywhere and where, in an increasingly global world, many countries are closing more borders than they’re opening. There’s so many reasons why we could all just choose to go and lay in a corner in foetal position and pray that we wake up tomorrow and it’s all a dream. Here’s the thing though, it’s not a dream, and if we don’t stand up for what we believe in, then I fear it won’t be long before the whole world goes to war with one another.

Why courage for me? There are so many things that I want to do with my life and yet, so often I let myself sit in the background, allowing other people to take the opportunities that I would have loved to take. After all, it has taken me almost six weeks even just to write this post. And so, this year is all about me being willing to put myself forward for things, to be the person that is willing to put themselves on the line in order to take those chances, to actually do things rather than constantly planning them away.

See, this is the thing, I’m a planner. But that doesn’t always mean that I follow through with those plans, and so here I am, at the ripe old age of 31, realising that 16 years later, I’ve finally made it to living in London, and it’s time to take full advantage of that.

I’ve been so caught up in the idea over the past six weeks, that I’ve actually started putting together some pieces flowing out of Joshua 1:9 (Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.)that I eventually hope to turn into at least an e-book, if not a book just for my own benefit. It’s based around encouraging myself with words from scripture and quotes from key thinkers from over the years that make me actually take stock of what I have and use the skills and talents that I’ve got.

At the end of the day, the thing that is motivating me most this year is that we really only get one chance to make an impact on this planet, and I’d rather not waste it, so the least that I can do is actually put myself out there.