#reverb10

Inspired by In Search of Squid, I will be taking up the Reverb 10 challenge this December. Basically, there is a prompt each day to which one should respond.

No guarantees that this will work, but here we go.

December 1 – 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?
(Author: Gwen Bell)

“Turmoil.” (noun - a state or condition of extreme confusion, agitation, or commotion)

This year has been a roller coaster ride– which at least means there were ups and downs, unlike 2009 which was mostly unhappy. Regardless, this year began with a wedding and a family emergency, all in the same day. My boyfriend of almost three years broke up with my shortly, I was working and unhappy, and I also got into the acceptance/interview phase of grad school applications. This was all very confusing, highlighting multiple events and transitions (hey, student development theory), and I am not sure if I processed everything thoroughly.

Near the middle of the year, though, I had fallen for a new boy and was traveling Europe. Life was on the up, with unexplored territory and laughter and adventures all around.

The rest of summer was rather difficult, though. Aforementioned boy freaked out on me leading to the rest of our time “together” being either incredibly stressful or incredibly blissful, I was working a part-time job that was primarily for money, and I was getting ready to leave Seattle.

Once in Oregon, however, things started to settle down. School was great, new friends were great, and the same boy made me feel oh-so-special whenever I visited.

*shattering glass* Now I’m back in a funk. Due to some overwhelming revelations shared with me this morning, I am hurt, upset, and suppressing my Irish-Italian temper like never before.

This year has been disorienting. Turbulent. It has been turmoil.

All I want in 2011 is personal peace. I want to be calm and happy and feel loved and respected. I want to continue adventuring. I want to read more books, dance more dances, play more, and just be.

Is that too much to ask?

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