Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Word of the Year: DO

I'm not a fan of New Year's resolutions. I'm not sure that I've ever had one, to be honest, but like everyone I've had the opportunity to observe other people make them and abandon them within a month.

However, there's a concept I've seen floating around the internet that really intrigues me. Instead of making a resolution, you choose a word to act as a guide for the coming year, a word to fall back on when you find yourself in the throes of indecision.

When I look back on my life, all of my regrets are things that I didn't do because I was afraid to take action. Change is scary. Risks are scary. I'll just make a list of pros and cons, maybe do a mind-dump of possible ways to approach this, brainstorm some ideas... Oh, they got a new drummer. Or the place closed. Or I'll just turn it down even though I really want to do it.

So, this year I want to be guided by the word "DO." Not "do" -- the uppercase is important. I want this to be a call to action, a thousand voices shouting in unison: DO.

Instead of creating a draft with a title and trying to figure out an optimal update schedule, I'll write blog posts when I think of them and post them right away.

Instead of lamenting how long it has been since I've written fiction, I'm using Storyist to capture ideas and writing the damn story in a notebook.

Instead of hemming and hawing about my relative skill level, I'm going to write and record music.

If an exciting opportunity comes up, I'll take it.

I want to be a person who does things. What better word could I choose to keep me on that path?