The following guest post is written by my 17 year old daughter, owner of the award-winning Exogeology ROCKS! website, Zoë Bentley:
Late last December, in 2013, I chose a word of the year. This is the first time I’ve had a word of the year, even though I’ve known about the concept for the past several years since my mom chose words of those years. Until recently, it just didn’t appeal to me. So many of the example words I’d heard sounded cliché, boring, and cheesy. Hope, joy, courage, creativity, prosperity, etc., all good things but all uninspiringly overdone from my point of view. It was a challenge coming up with a sufficiently non-cliché word.
My word of the year 2014: NOW.
There are two main reasons I chose this word. One of them is straightforward and a common goal: I want to do things now, rather than later. Everyone knows putting things off doesn’t help anyone. It’s nice to have a reminder to urge me on. I know it’ll take a while to get used to, but I’d like to make doing things now into a habit, for everything from finishing homework projects to eating that leftover Halloween candy.
Of course, I can’t do everything at once, which brings me to reason two: I have a lot of things I want to do, and sometimes I can get overwhelmed trying to figure out which ones I really want to do, and when. Do I want to take classes in the fall, or do I want to travel, or do I want to spend time on some other project? Or this? Or that? I want to do everything, or at least a whole lot of it! Plus, I want to figure out the best way to reach my further-in-the-future goals. Unfortunately, there isn’t enough time to do everything, and I don’t have quite that much energy. Fortunately, not everything has to be done now. A lot can be done later. Yes, this is counterintuitive, I’m aware, but it’s not completely at odds with my first reason. The point is, this year I want to do what sounds fun right now, at this very moment. I want to remind myself that I have time to do many different things, so I can stop stressing about doing everything at once. I can only do so much, so I want to focus on what I’m currently doing and have fun doing it.
This year, I want to do things now, and I want to thoroughly enjoy that now.