I’m doing this. Gwen Bell, the organizer, came up to Seattle a bit ago and we really melded minds. So I helped her put some of the form stuff together for this. I really want to reflect on this year. It just so happens that I’m feeling a little crazy right now, and feel like I don’t have any time to do anything, other than stress and spin in circles, but I think some of it might just be too much going on that hasn’t been sorted out in my head.
Prompt: One Word. Encapsulate the year 2010 in one word. Explain why you’re choosing that word. Now, imagine it’s one year from today, what would you like the word to be that captures 2011 for you?
2010 – I came up with a couple cheesy words… and cheesy word that I like best to encapsulate 2010 is “roots”.
This year, with the birth of Niko, I had a series of flashbacks/personal reflections on my own childhood, my parents, etc. I thought a lot about how I became who I am, and how I can give Niko that same opportunity that I had to really be supported and loved for who I was. Not a lot of people had that, I realize, and it’s an amazing thing to have had.
I even went so far as to contemplate deeper topics like the origin of life, and the universe, and everything. Watching pregnancy and childbirth is a mystical experience… it’s like realizing that you’re in a much stranger movie than you originally thought. The universe is WEIRD and we’re all a part of it… our roots are in the fantastically strange.
And, of course, work wise, I’ve had a long career-crisis of sorts that has lead me to re-think (for the dozenth time maybe) what I really want and need out of work. Why do I feel so compelled to work on the things I do? Why do I have this optimism that it will all work itself out? Am I ignoring some hidden truth that is right in front of me about our own doomedness, or can the opportunities in front of me really be as amazing as I think? I’ve always wondered if I’m in some giant self-created deception of myself. And I’ve always talked myself out of it (except for once, in high school, but that’s another story). I really do believe the root instinct in me is true… that by working on what I love, and having good intentions, and always course-correcting when I get off track on some distraction, that one can work themselves into a situation that can’t fail. One where doing the work, regardless of how it unfolds, is the reward in itself.
2011 – When I think about being a year from now and reflecting on the year, I think the word I want to choose to represent the year is “leap”. Of course, I probably always want to leap way ahead each year. There’s so much to do. Raise Niko. Teach him how to walk, talk, explore the world. Build a company around Health Month. Raise money. Hire. Build a culture. Find a better home for the family. Move. Stabilize our living situation. Calm down. Get healthier. Stay sane. In other words, a giant leap from where we are today. Luckily, my legs are feeling pretty spring-y.