-brave, bold, risk-taking, lacking in fear or anxiousness
What I am not, but will strive to be.
I have never seen myself as a bold or brave person. In fact, I'm reminded often about the differences between introverts and extroverts. And as often as I'm reminded of that, I chose to ignore it. Even though others would classify me as an introvert, I don't see it as a personality deficit. If only they knew how much I used my quietness to think, reflect, and constantly self-talk. Just not out loud.
I selected "fearless" as my one word for this year. I actually chose it a few months ago after contemplating some new things I wanted to try in my professional and personal life. I confirmed my choice after finding this necklace at one of my favorite stores not long after.
|my one word for 2019|
This one word mission has been a "tradition" of sorts for the last few years. Instead of a resolution for the new year, it's a topic to focus on, a word to incorporate into my life, or a trait to strengthen. Inspire and Create are words I've chosen in the past.
For me, the word "fearless" is a challenge ---
--to try new activities with my youngest (K-1) students that I haven't tried before or thought were not possible due to their age or lack of experience
--to use new tools, apps, and websites even though there may be the chance of some things not working right the first time
--to participate in some activities during my free time that are new for me or that I haven't done in years
What is there to fear? Things not working right. Others only focusing on the end product, not the process, risk, or effort. Embarrassment. Time better spent on something else that is a "sure thing" instead. Feelings of anxiousness.
Fortunately, I have already experienced those things and think they are probably a normal part of teaching and living everyday life.
My one word focus on being fearless is not a commitment to never be fearful of what is ahead, but instead a dedication to be actively engaged in the process of trying new things and being less fearful of the outcome.
I challenge you to join me in facing the things that make you anxious with a renewed sense of peace and boldness.