Apparently, this has been a “thing” since 2009. #OneWord365. Choose one word to focus on as your personal theme for the coming year. I keep seeing this proposed as an alternative to resolutions, but the first word that came to my mind, on hearing the idea, was “pigeonholed.”
“Got a problem with commitment?” Oh, God, it’s Edna, my Inner Critic.
“No, I’m just not comfortable with my whole year being defined by a single word. I’m supposed to, what, open the dictionary, blindfolded, and stick a pin in it?”
“You’re a writer. Can’t you pick a word that’s big enough to encompass an entire year?”
“What if I pick the wrong word? What if I want to change it?”
“Since when did you become such a little rule-follower? Pick a damned word – own it!”
I glare at Edna. She looks a lot like my 7th grade Latin teacher: tough, stolid, curly blue hair. Sounds more like my 3rd grade Math teacher: pure spite and meanness. The only word that pops into my head is recalcitrant. I’m feeling it to my toes. “I don’t want to be defined by one word. I want the whole damned dictionary!”
That stops Edna dead in her tracks. “Maybe your word should be dictionary. Hat tip to you, finding a loophole.”
I allow myself to feel smug for just a minute, but it doesn’t last. I slouch, defeated. “Nah, that would be cheating.”
“Then don’t do it.” Edna feigns disinterest as she returns to knitting a blanket woven with descriptions of all my imagined shortcomings.
“Fine, I’ll do it. I’ll–”
“To what?” she asks, raising her eyebrows in astonishment.
“That’s my word.”
“You sure? That’s going to involve a lot of commitment for the next 365 days. You might even have to stick to those New Year’s Resolutions.”
If looks could kill, I would be serving hard time.
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