New York’s word is ‘ACHIEVE’, while Rome’s is ‘SEX’—or at least that’s according to Elizabeth Gilbert’s novel, ‘Eat, Pray, Love,’ which recounts her experiences in Rome, India, and Bali after a failed marriage (of course you all know about that).
The book’s title could easily have been ‘Rome, India, Bali,’ except that this use of single words to summarize anything—a person, period in one’s life, and places—offered a more creative and poignant alternative, thus, Eat, Pray, Love.
Before 2011 closes, let me take a leaf from Gilbert’s book and share with you my word for 2011:
Discover (duh, what a no-brainer).
But as unthought-of as it sounds, DISCOVER is my year’s word (it could easily have been FIRSTS, but I’d opt for discover since it’s a lot less suggestive).
All my travels for this year had been for the first time—Iloilo, Banaue, Malaysia, Boracay, Davao, and Bacolod—and aside from a loadful of photos, these places gave me a great headstart into my lifelong dream of being on the road taking photos. At this point, I can also think of the word PIVOTAL, but sounds too stiff, don’t you think?
I had also discovered I could outgrow some of my nastiest habits if I really put my mind into it, or so I think, one of which is not saving up. Well, I’m nowhere closer to having a fat bank account—far from it, actually—but I would like to think that I had managed to suppress an impulsive consumerist attitude to make way for more sound investments for my future, no matter how small (and to that, the word PRUDENT comes to mind).
Not too long ago, I also received a simple advice during one of those life-altering moments of my life. “Have a goal. And do everything to achieve that goal.” It sounded so simplistic—nay, too generic of an advice to be taken seriously. But it had struck me because it was too true—I needed a goal, badly, because I didn’t have one. All I had was ANGST.
And 2011 is the year of discovering that goal and making headway into achieving it—taking my two passions together, writing and taking photos, to different places and discovering all the good it can bring. It leaves much to chance, but this is the Universe telling me that I only have to do one thing: put my heart in the right place. One word: FAITH.
This year had not been good; it had been GREAT, greater than expected, in fact. I attribute it to a clearer perspective that had made everything else fall into place.
Three lessons 2011 taught me: dream, never settle, and discover.
HOW ABOUT YOU?