Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Reverb #10 - Prompt #1

Alright, so I rarely reflect.
Only if forced. I usually, in hindsight, have moments of clarity that I'm never entirely sure will inform further choices in my life.

But I probably should.
And Reverb 10 is how I plan to.

First, I should address the fact that I haven't blogged since July. Believe you me, it's been weighing uber-heavy on my mind. It's not like I ever meant to stop - I just got sidetracked living. That's okay, right?

Well, that's going to change. I've been perusing photos and trying to get my ducks in a row and there should be some new updates soon. I promise.

Still, I feel like this Reverb 10 thing might provide a good jump start.
I don't want my blog to just continue to be a recounting of porch drinking and wild nights.
Don't get me wrong - I love those things...and I promise to continue to post pics of my friends acting the fool over and over again.

But going back to what I said earlier...I rarely reflect and I want to start.

Here's what Reverb 10 is about via their website:

Reverb 10 (#reverb10) is now an annual event, an inspired response to (and evolution of) #best09. It’s an open online initiative that encourages participants to reflect on this year and manifest what’s next. It’s an opportunity to retreat and consider the reverberations of your year past, and those that you’d like to create in the year ahead. We’re connected by the belief that sharing our stories has the power to change us. We look forward to reading yours.

I don't know what's next. But I want to try to figure it out if I can.
And that brings me to the first prompt.

December 1 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?
(Author: Gwen Bell)

The one word that I would pick for 2010 is TRY.

Try it. Taste it. Feel it. Introduce yourself. Dive in. Take a risk.

This year has been me putting myself out there and praying that I didn't fall flat on my ass. And you know what? I didn't.

And the reason I didn't is because every time I tried, I had two people reminding me that I could.
Or I met 4 new people that caught me just before I ate shit.

I'm not saying this will always work for me...but I'm not saying that it won't work for you.

I have met the most amazing people in 2010. People I'm not letting go of...and it's because I tried.

I need to remind myself of this because I get cozy, as we all do, with our friends, our worlds. We're creatures of habit and we like to keep it simple.
But I'm not to keep it so simple that I'm not willing to let out a giant cleansing breath and step forward into this life and the great adventure I'm due.

I need to continue to step forward, try, and believe that there will be phenomenal people all around me that will want good things for me...good people that might even reach out to me when I've tried and fallen down.

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