I was in love with Reverb10 last year. Loved the prompts, the community and the thoughts that came along with it. I missed it this year and pretended, sporadically, that I'd do the odd prompts that came along. Sadly, they never turned into anything but wishes. So I was practically drooling when I saw whispers of it returning hot and heavy for December, then crushed when I got Gwen Bell's email, and quickly optimistic again when I saw such great tweeps rally and erect something where there was now nothing.
So here we are, December 1, with the first #Reverb11 prompt:
Day 1 – One Word. Encapsulate the year 2011 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 2012 for you? If you did Reverb10 then bonus points for also re-posting your 2011 word from last year along with how you feel about that in retrospect.
I've spent part of 2011 in Ali Edwards' One Little Word class at Big Picture Scrapbooking, where I chose the word become as my focus. You can read my thoughts about how and why I originally chose that word. Doesn't matter, though, for the purposes of this post. Become is a fine word; I'm not entirely sure, however, that it was really MY word this past year. Like years past, this one has flown by and I find myself in the same place in so many respects yet happier in other ways. What's been different? Nothing, really. But there's one definition of that word that I think encapsulates 2011 for me.
Why? Because I shifted from what I thought I knew to accept what I came to learn; shifted from being unhappily broken to cautiously optimistic; shifted from seeing mostly overcast skies to rays of sunshine in all it's glorious, human and perfectly imperfect ways.
I can't honestly say that I know what I want my word to be in 2012. I hope it's a magical yet attainable combination of balance, elation, celebration, surprise, devotion, growth, love, exploration, self-expression, dancing, solitude, reflection and so many other words I can't yet narrow it down. I'm going to take a cue from my good friend Diana and let all of these words–and others–audition for me this next month. Maybe I'll choose the right one; maybe the right one will choose me. Either way, I hope that next year, on the day I start #Reverb12, I'll simply say I am happy.