It’s January—a time of new beginnings, resolutions, and future goals. I am not usually one for New Year’s resolutions, but in my English Education class, I was introduced to an intriguing idea.
We were to choose a single word to reflect and focus on each day throughout the New Year. Now telling someone who is thoroughly invested in the English language and its many intricacies to pick just one word for an entire year is definitely a challenging proposition. But after watching this video in class, I was truly inspired.
I chose this word to guide me through 2018 for a variety of reasons.
We breathe every second of every day, most of the time without even realizing it. For the majority of us, it isn’t work to do so. For my grandma with emphysema, it is an act of labor—one she cannot do without the assistance of 24/7 oxygen flowing through a “hose in her nose” as she says. But together, we breathe.
I am currently a senior and 2018 has been a highly anticipated year. When I graduated high school in 2014, 2018 sounded so distant to me as I joined the “Official DePaul University Class of 2018” Facebook group.
This year, I will student teach at Jones College Prep, graduate DePaul, and begin my life as an adult—no longer in that weird semi-independent, but still very much dependent on my parents' stage of life.
Through all these exciting, but incredibly challenging and stressful changes, I will remind myself to breathe. To take a step back and realize how lucky I am to live in Chicago, to attend a great university, to be able to rely on an unbelievable support system of family and friends, and to breathe—to be alive!
Though it has only been four days since I have selected my word, it has already positively influenced my perspective on this New Year and on my life as a whole. When I am feeling overwhelmed, I breathe. When I am feeling joyous, I breathe that feeling in too.
So I encourage you to think, what word inspires you to tackle 2018? What word do you want to think about right when you wake up, the moments before you fall asleep, and all the time in between? There are so many words to choose from, but by selecting just one you can work towards living a more focused and intentional lifestyle.
Happy New Year to all! And don’t forget to breathe.