Something you should know about me: I’m not really a “yes” person.
Which is kind of confusing, I know, because I often have a hard time saying no to things.
But hear me out. Better yet, ask Swede, he’ll tell you—87 percent of the time when he’s all, “We should get pizza for dinner!” or “We should buy a farm in Michigan!” or “Let’s get another cat!” I’m immediately all, “NO.”
In essence, I can be a bit of a fun-sponge.
But often, about ten minutes later (sometimes more, sometimes less), after an idea is proposed, I come around to it.
YES! Let’s DO get pizza for dinner! Screw healthy eating for a night!
YES! Let’s BUY that farmland in Michigan because that actually sounds quite peaceful and bucolic and lovely!
YES! Let’s….wait, no. Still no. F no, we are not getting another g-d cat. And you know what? That’s something the current cats and I actually agree upon.
So I guess I’m not a total fun-sponge, just an initial one, might be a better way of putting it. It’s not a part of me that I really like about myself, but it’s also a part of me that I know probably won’t change, or at least won’t change easily. (Mainly because it stems from my dislike of change. Even though change is inevitable. And once I get used to it, I do tend to enjoy it. Mostly. I guess it depends.) (It’s really weird being in my head, you guys.)
ANYWAY, I was thinking about this characteristic of mine as I was thinking about the year ahead, and what did I want my word to be? Taking all of this into consideration, I concluded that a mantra function better than a word. And for 2016, my mantra is going to be:
While I may never be a yes-woman, I find that I can get cozy with hesitant agreement. I like it because it buys me time and space to think about whatever idea has been presented, and determine if it’s really the right thing for me before I write it off.
So 2016? Will be the year of Yeah, Okay. It’s stronger and more change-confronting than a “maybe” but not quite as scary as “HELLS YEAH, MOTHERF*&KERS!” And more important, it fits me just right at this point in my life, and still allows me to grow.
But Wait, There’s More
I wouldn’t be a McPolish if I only took on one mantra for the year, now would I?
(Can you have more than one mantra? Does having multiple mantras defeat the purpose of mantras?)
Inspired by this post I also decided to adopt “Use It!” to fuel my way through this year. This is also inspired by the fact that in the very recent past Swede and I lost out on a couple hundred bucks in gift cards, and are still pretty pissed about it. Why did we lose out? Because we’re (I am) dumb. And also because we (I) were (was) all, “Let’s save them for something special!”
And then we never used them because WTF even constitutes “special”?
So all that shit I’ve been saving because it’s “special”? F–k it. I’m using the fancy lotion. On the daily. I’m spending that Amazon gift card. On shelf dividers for towels. And so help me, Mary Mother of God, Interwebers if you come over to my house we will use the f-ing Waterford crystal goblets we got for our wedding because they are beautiful and I don’t care if it’s a “just” a Tuesday and you want to drink a milk out of them.
Because you know what? This is life and it’s the only one you’ve got. And if that’s not special enough for you, then I don’t know what is.
Now That That’s All Settled
Do you have a word or a phrase you’d like to help shape your 2016? I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas!