I noticed a few other bloggers talking about Reverb 10 recently, but I didn't actually visit the website and see what it was about until this morning. And I immediately wanted to do it. Reverb 10 is a month of creative prompts to reflect on the past year, and manifest the year to come. Even more, it is a creative community. So far there have been four great prompts by some very talented authors. I could try to explain more, but go see for yourself. It is going to be the perfect way to reflect on 2010 and prepare for 2011.
Since I missed the first three days, I want to go ahead and do the first prompt today, because there seems to be no better place to start. I might double up over the next few days in order to catch up.
One Word. Encapsulate the year 2010 in one word. Explain why you’re choosing that word. Now, imagine it’s one year from today, what would you like the word to be that captures 2011 for you?
After reading this prompt, I sat staring at my screen for a few moments, thinking. Words floated around in my head, and while all of them certainly applied to this year, none of them were quite right. Then it came to me.
No other word so fully encapsulates what 2010 has been for me. It has been a year of growth for me in so many areas. Growth for my marriage. Growth as a mother. Growth as a person. Growth for my business and my art.
I feel like I have changed so much, in so many areas, since the beginning of this year. A funny thing about growth, is that the more of it you do, the more you realize how far you still have to go. I still feel so young, so inexperienced. I do not feel that I "have it all together". The growing never ends. Each day is an opportunity to learn, and therefore to grow. This truth has been at the forefront of this year for me.
I read in an interview with a very accomplished photographer- I wish I could remember who it was- who said that the day he stops learning about photography and growing in the craft, is that day he puts his camera down for good. That really struck me- not only for photography, but for all of life. I believe that we are designed to continuously move forward, and stagnancy in our lives is like poison.
I am so thankful for the growth I have experienced this year, and for the growth that will happen in the coming year.
One year from now, I hope that I can look back and describe 2011 with the word thrive. I envision a year of seeing the results of the growth I have experienced- making all the growing pains worth it. I dream of seeing my family, my marriage, my soul, mind, body, and my business, all thriving in the coming year and years. I think that a key to this is action. The bulk of learning, talking, and planning, have happened this year. More doing needs to happen now, in every area of my life.
Yes, let the doing begin. I want to stop thinking about how to fly, and just fly.