OLW

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Most years I spend time thinking about what me OLW will be.  You could say that I audition words and see if they fit me and what my expectations for the coming year are.

This was not the case this year.  I was driving back from the recycling bins where I dropped off some plastic… cardboard… glass… and aluminum cans.  I had the car radio on and I was listening to a Broadway station on Sirius.  I was not thinking about my OLW.  If I were to be honest I wasn’t thinking about anything at all.

For no apparent reason a word popped into my head.  Maybe it was because of the traveling we’ve done over the last few years or maybe it was because of some new responsibilities I have taken on this year. I don’t know.  Anyway, as I thought about the word it made me realize that this is the word I want to guide me through 2019.

The word is EXPLORE.  I want to try new things this year.  Maybe exploring will take the form of writing in new formats, especially ones I am not totally comfortable with.  This cold come in handy during the March Challenge.  Maybe it will include trying new dishes and ways of cooking.  I did get two slow cooker cook books for Christmas.  I think it is a hint.

Maybe we will get the urge to take another road trip.  That is always exciting.  Our retired teachers group is planning a mystery trip that could be exciting.  One thing I KNOW I will explore is my leadership qualities since I just took over the presidency of  the Dauphin County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees.

I would like to explore new authors and genres of books.  I admit that I gravitate to mystery/ adventure/horror stories.  I tend to pick the same authors.  There are so many other kinds of books and authors out there that I am missing because I don’t usually reach for them.

Who knows what kinds of opportunities might pop up throughout the year, but I know that I will explore all options that come my way.  I also know that whatever I explore will somehow find its way into this blog.

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16 responses to “OLW

  1. I wish you an successful year of exploration!

  2. Perfect word – EXPLORE.
    It was one of my top 10.
    Exploring the world around you . . . that’s my picture of you and Kathy!
    YES! Amazing choice! ❤

  3. jumpofffindwings

    It is fortuitous that I found your blog. I, too, am retired and your word sends “kindred spirit” vibes. I need that! So excited for you. I, too, wrote about OWL, my maiden voyage. I look forward to reading more of your blog.

  4. What a wonderful word! Mine is focus – but I think your word would be a great second. All the best this year as you search out new places to explore.

  5. Terje

    Have fun exploring! Great word!

  6. Now “explore” is a word sure to open up all sorts of possibilities. I wonder what 2019 would have been without that word to nudge and guide you! Enjoy the journey!

  7. I think explore is a wonderful word. Very inviting, not too pushy. It’s a word that will no doubt lead to new adventures–which you can then write about here!

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