You know, a couple of years ago if I’d have found myself writing a ‘happy new year’ post on 24 January, I would have felt oddly anxious. That’s what happens when you allow conscientiousness to run rampant. I can see the documentary now: When Good Traits Go Bad.
These days, it doesn’t bother me a jot.
The minute I embraced my inner Rebel and stopped fighting it, a lot of things calmed down for me. To make that happen, I had to have a serious chat with Conscientiousness, of course. We’ve agreed that I will remain incredibly vigilant about the things that matter and let go of the rest.
Which brings me to my one word of the year.
This year I plan to let things happen as they will happen. I will stop trying to predict and control the future. I will stop unnecessarily worrying about the what ifs and what shoulds. I will surrender.
Fact is, I’ve realised that life goes on regardless, whether you over-think it or you don’t. Instead of niggling at things, I’m going to sort them instead. Knowing me, I’ll probably become an over-planner rather than an over-thinker, but I can live with that.
So, surrender. Just let life pass me by a little, as life likes to do. Trust the Universe. Trust myself.
I need to be careful, though. So far ‘surrender’ looks a lot like doing sweet FA all January…
Did you choose a word this year? How is it going for you?