While laying in the grass on a wet towel on a breezy day at the pool this summer, I wrote the above words on a fresh page in my journal. My mom was watching my daughter so I could have a few hours to myself, to stop, slow, think, breathe and be quiet. On that fresh, unblemished journal page, these are the words that poured forth.
When I wrote them, there were still four whole months left in 2012, and I thought that "change" was the most important word of the two, as you see I scrawled it in all caps. But through the last several months, I've come to learn that "EMBRACE" is the most important for me - the word that will hopefully define my life in 2013.
I love the idea of choosing one word to focus on throughout the year. Several of my favorite bloggers (like Sarah & Amanda to name a few) have done the same, and it's inspired me to choose my "one word" for 2013.
Here are some of the dictionary's definitions of embrace:
- to take or receive gladly or eagerly; accept willingly: to embrace an idea
- to avail oneself of: to embrace an opportunity
- to take in with the eye or the mind
Yup, all of those. I'm in. So here's what I'm thinking...
Let me be fearless about aging. Let me welcome each day, each year, as a friend and own them as a gift. Let me welcome the changes in my body and in my opinions.
Light, space, zest—
So, with him on my side I’m fearless,
afraid of no one and nothing.