2017 - My Year of Being Uncomfortable
Sunday, January 01, 2017
This will ultimately be a good thing! Several years ago I took a scrapbooking class structured around the concept of choosing one word to be your "word of the year". You invite the word into your life and "live" with it for the year. The idea is to choose your word thoughtfully & deliberately, to choose a word that "speaks" to you and to contemplate all the ways you can incorporate that word and all of it's meanings into every aspect of your life for personal growth. I haven't done it for the past few years and I've decided to do it again this year. In the two previous years I participated my words were "focus" & "change". For 2017 I am choosing "UNCOMFORTABLE". I realize this may seem like a strange word to choose, and to those who are familiar with this process as it may seem counter-intuitive. However as I've been pondering for the last several weeks what my word should be I keep coming back to this one, so this is my word for 2017. As a result of my considerations I've come to realize that being "comfortable" is largely responsible for my current situation with regard to my life in general and for my weight and diet specifically. I don't exercise much because it's UNCOMFORTABLE. I don't visit the doctor regularly because it's UNCOMFORTABLE. I don't try many new or healthy foods because they are UNCOMFORTABLE. I don't go out into the world and interact with others as much as I should be it's UNCOMFORTABLE (I'm naturally very introverted). There are things I want to do and places I want to visit that I don't because I would be UNCOMFORTABLE doing them (or physically unable) or being there. And the biggest one of all for me is that 2017 is the year I turn 50, this makes me EXTREMELY UNCOMFORTABLE!!! So this year I'm going to thoughtfully and deliberately venture outside of my comfort zones and make myself UNCOMFORTABLE as much as possible in all areas of my life. I'm viewing being UNCOMFORTABLE not as a bad thing but as something necessary to affect positive changes in my life. It will be very challenging, probably liberating and ultimately (I hope) it will lead me to success in finally dropping this weight forever! So, on this 1st day of January 2017 my first venture into the UNCOMFORTABLE is posting this blog. Anyone who's read any of my previous posts knows I don't like this, but I'm doing it anyway. Maybe that will change by the end of the year. Please feel free to join me in this process if you so desire and share your words for 2017 in the comments section below. As with any journey, it will be easier & more fun with others. We can do this together, SparkPeeps!