Last year I had ‘Dive’ as my WOTY. Or the Word Of The Year. 2022 happened to be the year that I dived. Last month, there were several other WOTYs of 2022 announced. Interesting array here.
Oxfords’s WOTY 2022 – Goblin mode
Dictionary.com‘s – woman
Merriam Webster’s – Gaslighting
The crucial difference of course is that the above ones came up in retrospect. Each having their own parameter.
I choose my WOTY as a word that will guide my action, at the beginning of the year.
Did it matter that I had ‘Dive” as my WOTY last year? I think so. It constantly reminded me to dive when I walked up and down the diving board.
I reminded myself of Shel Siverstein who I had quoted last year.
You’ve been up on that diving board
Making sure that it’s nice and straight.
You’ve made sure that it’s not too slick.
You’ve made sure it can stand the weight.
You’ve made sure that the spring is tight.
You’ve made sure that the cloth won’t slip.
You’ve made sure that it bounces right,
And that your toes can get a grip
And you’ve been up there since half past five
Doin’ everything… but DIVE
So, it helped stimulate action. And thought. When I was stuck on the board for a bit.
No. It is not a resolution. It powers resolutions and other stuff.
It Is 2023
2022 is so last year. This year, I hit upon WOTY much ahead. It’s taken some time to get here.
Yes. That’s my word of the year. It provides anchor to some of the leaps that I have to do. I have been awake for a while and the coffee has been smelling just like it should. Dare is going to be central to action this year.
This year, I hope to dare mighty things
I stumbled into Roosevelt’s speech from 1899 after NASA launched its Perseverance Rover on Mars. It is quite a story. Read if you don’t know about and refresh your memory if you do.
Dare Mighty Things is embedded in my mind and memory ever since. And on my screen as well. It encapsulates the vastness of the possibilities that lie beyond imagination and the courage to pursue them.
Dare often conjures up images of valour in the battlefield or Bruce Willis in Die Hard. Dare to me epitomises courage in simple everyday moments.
Would I dare myself to step outside my comfort zone and say ‘hello’ to someone I don’t know?
Dare is about choosing to say ‘yes’ when ‘no’ has been the default. And actively saying ‘No’ when ‘yes’ is alluring. To choose to invoke courage and go beyond is this year’s theme.
What the next moment is going to offer to us belongs to the next moment. This moment is all that we have. And to let ourselves rejoice in it requires a courage that I am invoking this year.
I hope to soak in people and places this year. Concepts, cultures, stories and much else that adult life thus far kept packing under the ‘someday’ category.
As I kept weaving thoughts on dare together, I dipped into some of the masters and words that lend themselves to my idea of Dare well.
“If you only do what you can do, you will never be more than who you are.”
Dare to be free, dare to go as far as your thought leads, and dare to carry that out in your life.
To dare is to lose ones footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself.
What do you think? I hope to get lighter and easy with myself. It’s a tall ask. But hey, that’s what the dare is all about. To go for tall asks. That’s why its my WOTY!